Stuart O’Brien comments on landmark vegan case and its impact on pension funds

Stuart O’Brien, partner comments on a landmark ruling finding that veganism is a philosophical belief and its wider impact in the pensions industry.

In the case brought by Jordi Casamitjana, it was claimed that he was unfairly dismissed by the League Against Cruel Sports, an animal welfare charity, for raising concerns about the way the League’s pension scheme was invested – including in companies that experimented on animals.

Stuart O’Brien explained: “His employer offered a contract-based pension, which until 2015, auto-enrolled its staff into an ‘ethical’ fund. The employer subsequently changed the default fund, and offered an ethical fund only as a ‘self-select’ option for employees.”

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