Man Claims Discrimination Against Vegans. UK Awaits Landmark Decision
A man in UK claimed discrimination against vegans by his former employer firm. UK tribunal to decide whether Veganism is akin to religion, on the grounds of philosophical beliefs.
Man Claims Discrimination against Vegans
Jordi Casamitjana claims to being fired by his former employer, League Against Cruel Sports, on the grounds of being a vegan. Mr Casamitjana claims being sacked after he revealed that the company invests pension funds in animal testing firms.
According to BBC, Jordi Casamitjana who worked with League Against Cruel Sports, filed a suite against the latter after he was sacked. He claims being fired from his job because he disclosed that the company invests pension funds in firms that are involved in animal testing.
UK tribunal has now been asked to take a landmark judgment and decide if veganism can be considered similar to religion, on the grounds of philosophical beliefs.
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Jodi Casamitjana had been working for League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity. Casamitjana claims to be shocked and deeply upset, when he discovered that the animal welfare charity invested pension funds in firms carrying out animal testing.
Casamitjana claims to be an “ethical” vegan. He explained his stance to 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 care about the animals and the environment and my health and everything. That’s why I use this term ‘ethical veganism’ because for me veganism is a belief and affects every single aspect of my life.”
However, the company has refuted any claims of discrimination against vegans. The company in its official statement said, “Mr Casamitjana was dismissed from his position because of gross misconduct. To link his dismissal with issues pertaining to veganism is factually wrong. He is seeking to use his veganism as the reason for his dismissal. We emphatically reject this claim.”
The hearing, for this one-of-its kind case of discrimination against vegans, is due next March. This will be a landmark judgement for this will be the first time when court will decide on whether veganism is similar to religion on the grounds of philosophical beliefs.
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