Are Vegans Protected by Equality Law in Ireland?Posted in : Equality Law Decisions on 24 February 2020
The recent UK case of Casamitjana –v- The League Against Cruel Sports (Employment Tribunal decision, case number 3331129/2018) held that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief, which is protected by the Equality Act 2010 ("the UK Equality Act"). This case raises the question as to whether similar protection is available to ethical vegans under equality law in Ireland.
Mr Casamitjana was employed by The League Against Cruel Sports ("the Employer"). During the course of his employment, Mr Casamitjana allegedly disclosed to his colleagues, that the Employer had invested funds from the Employer's pension scheme in companies which carried out animal testing. Mr.
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