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The employment tribunal decided in Conisbee v Crossley Farms Ltd that vegetarianism was not a belief qualifying for protection under the Equality Act 2010. Although a first instance employment tribunal case, and not binding on other tribunals, it is interesting to see the tribunal’s approach to this issue.
Mr Conisbee alleged that he had been discriminated on the ground of religion or belief contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010). Mr Conisbee’s belief was vegetarianism.
The Tribunal accepted that although Mr Conisbee’s vegetarian belief was genuinely held and was worth of respect in a democratic society, it failed to meet the other legal hurdles namely:
The tribunal concluded that on balance they had not been persuaded that vegetarianism amounted to a philosophical belief capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010.