Anti-Semitic teacher loses tribunal claim that his views are a legitimate 'philosophical belief'
The man was sacked after allegations of anti-Semitic abuse
A primary school teacher sacked after allegations of anti-Semitic abuse has lost his attempt to argue that his views were a “philosophical belief” covered under the Equality Act.
The man, named only as Mr Arya, lost his job after being accused of pushing and shouting at a child; making sexist and racist comments about colleagues; and directing anti-Semitic abuse at a colleague in a text and email.
He argued he was discriminated against by the London Borough of Waltham Forest for his view that “the Jewish religion's professed belief in Jews being 'God's chosen people' is at odds with a meritocratic and multicultural society." He said this was a philosophical belief, protected under the Equality Act.
According to the Huffington Post, Arya insisted he did not consider himself to be anti-Semitic, but he told the employment tribunal of his belief that a Jewish cabal controls society, with a Jewish lobby influencing politics and the media.
Arya said there was a “vastly disproportionate” focus in Western culture on the historical suffering of Jews, with little on the “anti-social aspects of Hebrew culture”.
Of the Holocaust, he said that there is a “definite and controlled effort to give a one-sided version of history."
“The Jewish situation has been institutionalised to serve as a convenient profiteering racket by third and fourth generations of Jews,” he said.
The tribunal found that the teacher's anti-Jewish sentiment was a “genuinely held” and serious belief “going back to his childhood”, but that it did not meet the criteria for a philosophical belief.
The judge dismissed Mr Arya's complaints of discrimination and harassment, but the tribunal will hear the other complaints he has lodged.
XPertHR, which wrote a detailed report on the case, said the decision should “reassure employers that outrageous or offensive views are unlikely to be protected by equality legislation, because the open expression of these views would in turn discriminate against others.”
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 3 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
- 4 Why you're almost certainly more like your father than your mother
- 5 Westboro Baptist Church couldn't picket Leonard Nimoy's funeral because they didn't know where it was
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO's one simple test for who to hire
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Saudi Arabia executions now at 'unprecedented rate' after kingdom kills four more in two days
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...
£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...
£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...