A Vegan Subway worker has been awarded £13,000 after his boss waved meat in his face
A vegan Tube worker whose boss brandished meat in her face has been awarded nearly £13,000 following an employment tribunal.
Kady Reilly, from Glasgow, who is involved in peaceful activism and raising money for animal charities, started working at a petrol station sandwich shop in Bridgerton in August 2020.
As well as being vegan, she suffers from a number of food allergies, for which she carries an Epi-pen.
During her employment at Subway, she said her supervisor Himanshu Lahar would tell her to eat foods she was allergic to, saying “go on, eat it, what could happen?”
He also made comments about her appearance and waved meat in her face.
The court heard that when she refused to eat foods she was allergic to, he said, “NASA should send you back to Mars.”
He also learned that Ms Reilly had made several complaints to officials at RT Management Bridgeton Limited, which owns the franchise, about the operation of the outlet.
She said vegan customers were served dairy cheese by Mr Lahar when alternatives to vegan cheese ran out, he would change the dates of stale lettuce and refuse to put a sanitary bin in the toilet, among other complaints.
She also reported that a male colleague had been asked to come to work despite being instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after coming into close contact with a positive Covid case.
But when bosses at RT Management Bridgeton didn’t listen, she reported the outlet to Environmental Health. Shortly after, the town hall conducted an investigation.
After the investigation, Mr. Lahar was instructed to provide a sanitary bin and to implement the Covid measures.
The panel was told that Mr. Lahar had told Ms. Reilly: “They asked about the trash can. That’s what you asked for, isn’t it? They asked about date stickers. That’s what you asked for too, isn’t it? »
Shortly after the inspection, in October 2020, Ms Reilly was told she had failed her probationary period and was fired.
After losing her job at Subway, Ms Reilly sued RT Management Bridgeton Limited in employment tribunal.
The court heard that after finding out about Ms Reilly’s veganism, Mr Lahar made fun of her, made jokes and tried to get her to eat and handle meat, as well as foods to which she was allergic.
According to Ms Reilly, she was “shocked” by his attitude towards allergies.
Describing the job as “a really poor experience” and “very stressful”, she said she had “never been disrespected in a work environment before”.
She won every one of her claims, including wrongful termination, harassment, unauthorized deductions from wages and lack of uninterrupted breaks.
The court ruled that she had been harassed by Mr. Lamar and had her job terminated because of the protected disclosures she had made.
Veganism is a belief
According to labor judge Claire McManus: “We were satisfied on the basis of [her] proof that her belief in veganism perpetuates her life and how she lives her life.
“[She] showed that her practice of veganism is a belief intrinsic to her sense of identity.
“We were satisfied that for [Miss Reilly]veganism is a philosophical belief within the meaning of section 10 of the Equality Act 2010 and is a protected characteristic for it.
Ms Reilly is due to receive £12,636.40.
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