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Grainger Plc and Others v. Nicholson
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Data source:
Sabin Center
Court name:
Employment Appeal Tribunal
Seat of court:
England and Wales
Reference number:
[2010] ICR 360
Respondent company appealed the Employment Tribunal’s finding that the belief in climate change was a protected belief under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. Mr. Nicholson filed an employment discrimination claim alleging that his employer terminated him due to his belief in catastrophic climate change. He argued that his belief in climate change was covered under the regulation because his belief affected most aspects of his life, including how he traveled, what he bought and ate, and how he disposed of his waste. The Employment Appeal Tribunal dismissed the appeal reasoning that a belief is not excluded from coverage just because it is political or based on science rather than religion.

Key environmental legal questions:

Challenge employment tribunal finding that belief in climate change falls under employment regulations
Corporations; Suits against corporations, individuals