Wednesday, August 08, 2018

UK Employment Tribunal Says Scottish Independence Is Protected Philosophical Belief

The United Kingdom's Equality Act prohibits not just religious discrimination, but also discrimination on the basis of any philosophical belief.  Scotland's Sunday Herald reports that a Scottish Employment Tribunal has held that Scottish independence qualifies as a philosophical belief under the statute.  The case was brought by Christopher McEleny, a Scottish National Party member of a local Council who was planning to run for an SNP leadership position.  McEleny contended that the Ministry of Defense illegally discriminated against because of his independence beliefs when it suspended. his security clearance.  This led to his being fired from his position as an electrician at a munitions site.  Law & Religion UK has more on the decision.