I've just been reading a report from a HR publication regarding Veganism in the workplace. It revolves around a case where a Vegan was dismissed from his job for misconduct. The employee has now claimed that he was dismissed for his philosophical belief i.e. veganism. While the case is still ongoing, preliminary reports argue that as it's a philosophical belief, it falls under the Equality Act, in the same way as religious belief does & that employers should now take account of this. This throws up an interesting situation where if a Vegan is vocal about their beliefs in the workplace, that is covered by the Equality Act and the employer cannot take action if a non-vegan employer makes a complaint. However, if a non-vegan was to do the same, they could be dismissed. The report concluded“While personal conversations are likely to crop up at work, remind your staff about appropriate communication and the need to avoid making colleagues feel picked on or segregated,” I think I'm off to get a burger.