Wearing a Poppy Not a Philosophical Belief

Employment Law

In the case of Lisk v Shield Guardian Co Ltd and Others an employment tribunal ruled that wearing a poppy was not protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.  During an unfair dismissal claim the employee, Mr Lisk, claimed to have been discriminated against.  This included not being allowed to wear a poppy to work from 2 November until Remembrance Sunday.  Mr Lisk argued that wearing a poppy was his philosophical belief and should therefore be protected under the Equality Act 2010.  The Tribunal ruled that this belief lacked the characteristics of cogency, cohesion and importance.  It is a belief to show support for those that lost their lives in conflict and not a belief in itself.  It does not relate to a weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour.

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