This is the first CA case to substantively consider the threshold question of what constitutes a belief under the Equality Act 2010. Ms Gray contends that a belief in the “statutory, human and moral right to own the copyright and moral rights of her own creative works and output” should be protected. The appeal also raises questions of whether group disadvantage is a necessary element of an indirect discrimination claim in a minority belief complaint. Permission was granted by the President of the EAT since the questions raised were of some public importance.
The following week (18 October) Chris will also act for the Claimant in a test case on whether ethical veganism constitutes a protected belief in domestic law. This has been the subject of widespread media commentary from the BBC, the Telegraph, the Independent, The Daily Mail, the Guardian and CNN News