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Vegan Subway Worker Awarded £13,000 After She Was Bullied Over Dietary Requirements

Ethical veganism was upheld as a protected belief system

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A vegan Subway worker has won a harassment claim and been awarded almost £13,000 after being bullied about her dietary requirements.

Kady Reilly worked in a Subway franchise in Glasgow, where her former manager, Himanshu Lahar, reportedly tried to force her to eat foods she is allergic to or chooses not to consume.

Reilly was repeatedly instructed to “eat like a man,” and told, “eat it, what could happen?”

She carries an epi-pen due to serious food allergies.

The tribunal also heard that Lahar waved meat in Reilly’s face and told her, “NASA should send you back to Mars.”

The case was won on the basis that veganism is a philosophical belief system. It is therefore protected by section 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

Bullied for being vegan

Reilly told the court that she abstains from all products that are animal-derived and raises her two children as vegans. Her fundraising activities for animal charities and “peaceful activism” were also used as evidence of her vegan beliefs.

During her Subway employment, Reilly was repeatedly taunted for her beliefs, with Lahar waving slices of meat in her face. She also witnessed incidents of consumers’ veganism being disrespected.

The former Subway worker made complaints after witnessing Lahar serve dairy cheese to vegans when the plant-based alternative ran out. Franchise owner RT Management Bridgeton failed to act on concerns, forcing Reilly to report the issues to her local Environmental Health department.

Dismissed for telling the truth

After health inspections were carried out in September 2020, Reilly did not pass her probation period the following month. Once dismissed, she took RT Management Bridgeton to court for unfair dismissal and harassment, alongside other issues.

Reilly won her case after the presiding judge agreed that Lahar had harassed her. She was also found to be fired predominantly for contacting the Environmental Health team.

“We were satisfied on the basis of [her] evidence that her belief in veganism perpetrates her life and how she lives her life,” Judge Claire McManus said in court. “[She] showed that her practice of veganism is a belief intrinsic to her sense of identity.”

The case is reminiscent of Jordi Casamitjana, who won an unfair dismissal tribunal in 2020 after a lengthy litigation process. His legal battle set a new precedent for ethical veganism as a belief system protected from discrimination in the workplace.

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Dianee
Dianee
25 days ago

So glad this girl won her case. No one has the right to treat anyone like that because of her beliefs. I have had people roll their eyes at me because I ask if a soup happens to be vegan or vegetarian. Why is it anybody’s business how someone else eats! If someone chooses to eat a cruelty free, healthy diet then good for them. Better for animals and better for the planet!

Lawrence Newman
Lawrence Newman
24 days ago
Reply to  Dianee

No evidence it’s better for the planet

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Plant Based News Admin
24 days ago

Hi Lawrence, thank you for your comment. You are incorrect. Overall, animal farming for food contributes more GHG emissions than the fossil fuels burned to power all planes, cars, boats, trains, buses, and other vehicles. A plant based diet can reduce your food-related footprint (approx 30%) by 73%. https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-06-01-new-estimates-environmental-cost-food?utm_campaign=pbn&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=post
You can find more information here: https://plantbasednews.org/news/plant-based-lifestyles-imperative-survival-climate-expert/
https://plantbasednews.org/news/vegan-diet-best-way-save-planet/
https://plantbasednews.org/news/environment/earth-month-reasons-to-go-vegan-for-the-planet/

Lawrence Newman
Lawrence Newman
24 days ago

You’re accepting the government funded propaganda that carbon dioxide, methane, etc are causing global warming. Citing paid for globalist studies is meaningless. They work backwards from the predetermined conclusions they want normies to believe. Our scientific institutions have been captured. It’s all about the funding. Jobs for the boys

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Plant Based News Admin
24 days ago

Do you have evidence that global warming is *not* real? Just because where you live luckily perhaps hasn’t experienced any major natural disasters because of it, doesn’t mean others aren’t. https://plantbasednews.org/news/environment/us-emissions-damage-other-countries-study/?utm_content=bufferf6ff7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR0dPxHp_hApEdwubvCG_Yvwx2cXLGHB2KXkzHsBHXsD71FIazHGHlq3mS0

Fiona
Fiona
24 days ago

What???? You only need to look at the infernos, floods, increas of storms, disapearence of coustlines, some pacific islands, increase in earthquakes,to see the evidence for the planet. Deforestation is purely happening for enlargement of cattle and soya farming for animal feed,so the necessary forests to prevent exess heat and encroaching deserts. Instead of methane absorbing forests, there are methane producing cattle! If that is not evidence enough, of the detrement of animal eating on the planet, then I don’t know what is.

Lawrence Newman
Lawrence Newman
23 days ago
Reply to  Fiona

You’re both brainwashed. The onus is upon you to prove it’s real. You cannot.

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Plant Based News Admin
18 days ago

Thank you for your comment Lawrence.
The UK has hit 40C for the first time ever.
While the Earth’s climate has changed throughout history, current warming is happening at a rate not seen in the past 10,000 years.
Scientific information taken from natural sources (such as ice cores, rocks, and tree rings) and from modern equipment (like satellites and instruments) all show the signs of a changing climate.
From global temperature rise to melting ice sheets, there is massive evidence of climate change.

Do you believe you know more than top climate scientists? More than NASA? https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

Graham McMorrow
Graham McMorrow
25 days ago

What happened to Himanshu Lahar..? Does he still work for Subway, or did the company do the right thing and dispense with his (dis)services..?

Last edited 25 days ago by Graham McMorrow
Jack W
Jack W
25 days ago

Seems like he’s still there (or perhaps he hasn’t updated his Linkedin profile): https://www.linkedin.com/in/himanshu-lahar-1886031a/

He seems like a major bulls**t artist though…

Fiona
Fiona
24 days ago

Not that I would ever work in any fastfood restaurant, nor anywhere that sells animal parts for that matter, but it shows the mentality of animal eaters. Their viciousness is not limited to non-human animals.

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