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Vegan sues former employer for discrimination: Court to ask whether veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’

It is important for all the vegans to know that if they want to talk about veganism, they are protected and no-one will say ‘shut up’. It is important that the law protects vegans.

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JOSH BARRIE: ‘An animal rights activist has claimed he was discriminated against by his former employer and was sacked because he’s a vegan. Jordi Casamitjana, who describes himself as an “ethical vegan“, says he was fired from the Surrey-based League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after disclosing the organisation allegedly invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing… Mr Casamitjana said he asked his managers about his former employer’s alleged investments, but said when nothing changed, told his fellow staff members about them. He has claimed he was sacked as a result… The organisation said: ”Mr Casamitjana was not dismissed because he raised concerns about the pension”…

Mr Casamitjana said his veganism is rooted in morality – as an ethical vegan, he tries to exclude all forms of supposed animal exploitation, such as wearing leather or buying certain toiletries… He told the BBC: “Some people only eat a vegan diet but they don’t care about the environment or the animals, they only care about their health… I use this term ‘ethical veganism’ because for me veganism is a belief and affects every single aspect of my life. It is important for all the vegans to know that if they want to talk about veganism, they are protected and no-one will say ‘shut up’. It is important that the law protects vegans”…

In a landmark case, a tribunal is now to ask whether veganism is a “philosophical belief”, with a similar standing to religion, and whether it should be protected by law… A hearing next March will – for the first time – determine whether veganism should be protected by law… If so, it would be covered by the Equality Act 2010, which includes age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, sex, and sexual orientation. If the tribunal does decide Mr Casamitjana’s beliefs should be viewed by law in the same way, his claim will proceed to a full trial. It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate directly due to a belief system’. SOURCE…

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