Eddies Boots wrote: MightyWhite wrote:
If you think you can convince a judge you’re an ‘ethical vegan’ you may now qualify to bring an harassment claim against piss taking colleagues
Ethical veganism is philosophical belief, tribunal rules https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50981359
That article asks : So, for example, could a worker on a supermarket checkout refuse to put a meat product through the till?
Are we really going to have different checkouts because some teenager decides she doesn't want to eat veal?
A better question - could an employer stipulate that handling meat products is a mandatory requirement for hiring to a checkout position. Or perhaps they would state it as handling all products sold by the store.
Without going too much into the technicalities....
A vegan who has to go on the meat counter who feels they’ve been wronged would likely have to claim Indirect Discrimination - which means that the employer hasn’t specifically singled them out for bad treatment, but their overarching policy of all staff having to man the meat counter would by its nature hurt/disadvantage more vegan people than non-vegan people.
With Indirect Discrimination an employer is entitled to put forward something called Objective Justification - which in essence means that the less favourable treatment is justified because it’s a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim
. So to the legitimate aim might be to ensure that the tills are staffed appropriately and with a consistent level of service to the general public. The question is is it proportionate to insist a vegan member of staff has to perform that function and there wasn’t any other way of achieving the same result.
So you’d likely find that, say, Tesco, with a dozen different functions in each of its stores would find it harder to justify forcing a vegan to handle meat than a local delicatessen, cafe etc who can’t feasibly be expected to have folk with such narrow functions
Sorry, that was long winded.
In summary it’s unlikely to be a big deal except for very niche scenarios