Secular atheism as a protected belief: Sleath v West Midlands Trains


In Mr J Sleath v West Midlands Trains Ltd [2021] UKET 1310379/2020, the claimant, a senior train conductor, posted the following on his personal Facebook page:

“Thank F+++ our pubs open up today. We cannot let our way of life become like some sort of muslim alcohol-free caliphate just to beat Covid19. We must button up, face it, stiff upper lip, if necessary herd immunity it, but we must learn to live with it & not let our fantastic culture & way of life be trashed. Rmt Leamingtonbranch” [6].

The result was an anonymous complaint about the post to his employer [8]. In a follow-up post, he wrote this: Continue reading