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Political belief is a ‘protected characteristic’ for the
purposes of the law on discrimination on grounds of religion or belief. If part
of the reason for the way a claimant is treated is political belief, even if
that is not the main reason, a complaint of discrimination or harassment will
The respondent considered H was unmanageable because of his
refusal to obey instructions he personally did not consider reasonable and his
false assertions to others of an excessive workload and of collusion between
the respondent and the local Labour Party. There were a number of heated
arguments between H and his manager. Following a fair disciplinary process he
was dismissed. He claimed his dismissal was unfair and that a substantial
reason for it was his political belief in 'eft-wing democratic socialism'; and
that he had been harassed and treated less favourably because of his political
The EAT accepted that his
political belief was a protected characteristic. It also accepted that if part
of the reason for the way the respondent treated H was his political belief,
then his discrimination and harassment claims would succeed, even if the main
reason for dismissal was misconduct. The only incident clearly relating to H’s
political belief was a comment by H’s manager that H was ‘too left wing’. A
single incident or comment can amount to harassment if sufficiently serious. On
the facts, however, the EAT concluded that H’s political belief had nothing to
do with the treatment complained of or his dismissal. His discrimination and
unfair dismissal claims therefore failed.