In a hearing next March, an Employment Tribunal will, for the first time, determine whether veganism is a “philosophical belief” protected by law.

The case centres on the dismissal by the League Against Cruel Sports of an employee who disclosed to other employees that the League invested pension monies in firms involved in animal testing. The employee claims that he was dismissed because of his “ethical veganism” that affects every aspect of his life. His legal case, to come before an Employment Tribunal, is that this was discrimination by the League on the basis of a philosophical belief.

If the Tribunal decides that it is, the discrimination claim will proceed to a full trial.

“Religion or belief” is one of nine “protected characteristics” covered by the Equality Act 2010.

For further information please contact our Employment specialist Jane Elgar.