The Court finds it plausible that Plaintiff could subscribe to veganism with a sincerity equating that of traditional religious views.... The Court’s conclusion is further bolstered by Plaintiff’s citation to essays and Biblical excerpts.JD Supra Law News reports on the decision.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
In Employment Discrimination Case, Federal Court Says Veganism Might Qualify As A Religion
In Chenzira v. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, (SD OH, Dec. 27, 2012), an Ohio federal district court held that a hospital customer service worker may be able to show that her employer's refusal to accommodate her vegan beliefs amounted to religious discrimination under Title VII and state anti-discrimination laws. Plaintiff was fired for refusing to be vaccinated against the flu. She claimed that the discharge violated her religious and philosophical convictions because as a vegan she would not ingest any animal or animal by-products. In refusing to dismiss the complaint, the court, rejecting defendant's argument that veganism does not qualify as a religion, said: