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EQUALITY ACT: The extent of protection for political beliefs

03 April 2015  

The EAT has recently considered whether an employee was protected from discrimination on the grounds of his socialist beliefs. Rebecca McGuirk analyses the case

With the general election rapidly approaching and the increasing popularity of the non-mainstream parties such as Ukip, the BNP and the Green Party, the issues surrounding employees’ political preferences have never been so pertinent. Individuals’ political beliefs may vary dramatically, so the question has been raised whether such beliefs are protected from workplace discrimination and harassment as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA). This was one of the issues the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) had to adjudicate on in the recent case of The GMB Union v Henderson [2015].

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Grainger plc & ors v Nicholson [2009] UKEAT/0219/09

    Olivier v Department of Work and Pensions ET/1701407/2013

    The General Municipal and Boilermakers Union v Mr Keith Henderson [2015] UKEAT/0073/14