Is a meat-free office policy going too far?
A former employee of an eco-friendly accessories manufacturer claims that her rights as a meat-eater were violated by company policy.
The company’s 18 employees are barred from bringing animal products in their lunches, and they are required to order vegetarian items when they dine in a restaurant with a client. The complainant says she was reduced to smuggling food into the office in her purse, or sneaking out to her car for a bite of a contraband tuna sandwich.
The employer is Matt & Nat, an accessories company that was founded on principles of environmental consciousness. It uses no suede or leather, but instead makes its bags, belts, and briefcases out of mostly recycled materials like nylon, rubber tires, and plastic soda bottles. Attorney Jordan Charness says that the private company is breaking no laws. “It’s like a dress code. Here, it’s just an eating code.”