Updated to include information on Trayhorn v Secretary of State for Justice, in which the EAT held that disciplinary action against a Christian employee for making homophobic comments was not religious discrimination.
In Harron v Chief Constable of Dorset Police  IRLR 481 EAT, the EAT allowed the employee's appeal against the ruling that his passionate belief in efficient use of public money did not constitute a "philosophical belief", on the basis that it was unclear if the tribunal had properly applied the necessary criteria. The issue was remitted to the tribunal for fresh consideration.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ordered the employment tribunal to reconsider whether or not a claimant's philosophical belief in the "proper and efficient use of public money in the public sector" is protected under the Equality Act 2010. Kate Hodgkiss explains the EAT's decision.
In a case report from Trowers & Hamlins, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether or not an employee who held left-wing democratic socialist beliefs and fell within the scope of philosophical belief protection afforded under the Equality Act 2010 was unlawfully discriminated against and unlawfully harassed.
The employment tribunal held that a police worker's "profound belief in the proper and efficient use of public money in the public sector" is not a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010.
This employment tribunal refused to allow the concept of a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010 to be extended to protect the claimant's views that "homosexuality is contrary to God's law and nature" and "no Jewish people were killed by the use of poison gas in concentration camps during the Second World War".
This employment tribunal held that the belief in the importance of public service held by an individual who became the mayor of Liverpool is a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010.
This employment tribunal held that the belief in "democratic socialism" held by a dismissed jobcentre worker who has long been politically active with the Labour Party is a "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010.
This employment tribunal found that the Equality Act 2010 does not protect a claimant who believes that "the Jewish religion's professed belief in Jews being 'God's chosen people' is at odds with a meritocratic and multicultural society".
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the meaning of religion or belief for the purposes of the religion or belief discrimination legislation.