A tribunal needs to decide if veganism can be recognised and protected as a right, such as religion and belief, in order to prevent discrimination episodes, as a vegan man made a legal action against its ex workplace.
Jordi Casamitjana was dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity, after he discovered that part of the pension funds collected by the charity was targeted to companies that are involved in animal testing.
The League Against Cruel Sports reacted on twitter and on their website, Rhys Wyborn, Partner, Geldards LLP who are representing the League at the tribunal, said:
“The Claimant in this case was dismissed for gross misconduct and for failing to follow express management instructions that were given to him. After due process, the Claimant was fairly dismissed for his actions. This had nothing to do with his beliefs, protected or otherwise. In view of the lack of service to bring an ordinary unfair dismissal claim, the Claimant is making a desperate attempt to link his fair dismissal to his stated belief in “ethical veganism”, which the League Against Cruel Sports categorically refutes.”
You may have heard about these recent claims in the media. Please see the League’s statement on this, here: https://t.co/UlkNsZSfZh
— The League (@LeagueACS) December 3, 2018
Recognising veganism as a belief would give to this case the opportunity to receive a full trial.
This episode is extremely relevant for the UK, where there has been a significant spike in the number of people going vegan since 2016, with more than 3.5 million British people over the age of 15 now identifying as such, according to a survey carried out this year by comparethemarket.com.
Discrimination against vegans is a problem experienced by several people in London, who gathered in front of the entrance of Winter Wonderland fun fair to protest yesterday.
However, at the same time the capital of England provides citizens with a large number of different vegan shops, that can satisfy all consumer’s requests.
One of these is Detox Kitchen, whose employee, Simona Cappeddu, 30, said:
“I consider myself as an ethical vegan but I have never tried to impose my belief on somebody else. However, I truly think that we need more education on nutrition and ethics, in order to inform people about livestock problems. Protecting veganism by law could perhaps insert in school classes on this subject, leaving students free to choose their lifestyle but aware of all the possible issues.”
Arantxa Ibanez, 24, has been vegan for 8 years, during this time she experienced various discriminations for her belief, she told Westminster World:
The tribunal will take the decision in the next March, the result could make change in different aspects of vegans’ lives, not only in their employment, but also in the provision of goods and services, and in education.