A waiter who claimed his colleagues bullied him for being a vegetarian had his discrimination case thrown out.

George Conisbee, 20, alleged co-workers gave him snacks which they later told him contained meat.

He claimed his vegetarianism should be classed as a philosophical belief under the law protecting disabled, religious and gay people.

But an employment tri­­bunal ruled it was a “lifestyle choice”.

George quit the upmarket Fritton Arms manor house hotel near Lowestoft, Suffolk, after being shouted at for wearing a creased shirt. He could not claim unfair dismissal as he had not worked long enough so instead alleged discrimination for being vegetarian.

The Fritton Arms hotel, where George Conisbee claimed he was discriminated against

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Judge Robin Postle said there were many reasons people might not eat meat. But he hinted that vegans could be included in the Act as there was “a clear cohesion in vegan belief”.

After the tribunal in Norwich, music production student George alleged staff taunted him with claims a croissant was basted in duck fat and there was gelatine in a pudding.

He said: “It made me feel sick. I felt I was being picked on.”