This employment tribunal held that a Christian telesales agent's belief that potential customers should not be deceived to obtain sales could be protected under the Equality Act 2010. However, the claimant lost his case because he did not present sufficient evidence that his former employer had required him to lie to potential customers.
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An employment judge has struck out as having "no reasonable prospect of success" the claim of direct religion or belief discrimination brought by a violinist whose name was on a letter published in the Independent newspaper protesting against an invitation to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at the 2011 Proms.
In a pre-hearing review, an employment judge has held that an ex-serviceman's stated belief that "we should pay our respects to those who have given their lives for us by wearing a poppy from All Souls' Day on 2 November to Remembrance Sunday" is not a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.
This unusual case concerned whether or not an employee's beliefs that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and 7/7 were carried out by the US and UK Governments, and were part of a "gigantic" and "evil" conspiracy, are capable of being protected as "philosophical beliefs" under discrimination law.
An employment tribunal has held that a former BBC employee's belief that "public service broadcasting has the higher purpose of promoting cultural interchange and social cohesion" is a philosophical belief for the purposes of discrimination legislation.
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In Grainger plc v Nicholson  IRLR 4 EAT, the EAT held that the employee can challenge his dismissal as being an act of discrimination on grounds of his asserted philosophical belief in climate change and the environment, provided that he is able to establish that his belief is genuinely held and that it satisfies certain specified limitations and criteria as to the nature of the belief.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the meaning of religion or belief for the purposes of the religion or belief discrimination legislation.