Vegans and Environmentalists Should Have Same Workplace Rights as Christians, Says Britain

Updated equality guidelines offer protections for employees with 'profound personal beliefs.'

British vegans and environmentalists should obtain the same special treatment in the workplace as Christians, according to new guidelines from Great Britain's Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The updated policy advice from the EHRC recommends that employers respect religious and lifestyle beliefs by allowing workers to discuss and demonstrate those beliefs in the workplace. The recommendation comes weeks after several controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings involving free religious expression in the workplace.

The guidelines state that a protected belief must be "more than an opinion or a viewpoint, and it should be serious, genuinely and sincerely held, and worthy of respect in a democratic society." This extends beyond religious protections, offering exemptions for employees whose lifestyle choices could conflict with job requirements.

One hypothetical scenario detailed in the document would allow a Christian nurse to offer to pray for a patient. Another ...

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