With more people opting for a plant-based diet and avoiding meat there has been uncertainty about whether veganism and/or vegetarianism should be considered alongside religions and other beliefs with respect to discrimination law.

An employment tribunal recently dismissed a claim by an employee that he was protected from discrimination or harassment because he was a vegetarian. The tribunal ruled that vegetarianism did not fall in the same bracket as a religious or philosophical belief, contrasting it with veganism, which it said could be protected.

Jeremy Coy appears in HR magazine discussing a recent employment tribunal concerning a previous employee who claimed he received discrimination and harassment due to his vegetarianism. 

Vegetarianism not a protected characteristic is available to read on the HR magazine website. 

Jeremy is an associate solicitor in the employment team. Jeremy advises employers and employees on a breadth of employment law issues such as disciplinary matters, grievances, redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and Employment Tribunal Litigation.