Genuine Belief In Climate Change As A Philosophical Belief Under Religion Or Belief Regs

16 February 2010

In Grainger plc and others v Nicholson, the EAT upheld a decision that a belief in man-made climate change and a moral duty to reduce or avoid it was capable of being a “philosophical belief” under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.

The EAT gave guidance on the types of belief covered, which must, in particular, concern a “weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour”, and have a “similar status or cogency to a religious belief”. Tribunals were warned however to not necessarily take a claimant’s alleged belief at face value, and to question whether a belief is genuinely held.