European Employment Law Cases

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2016/54 Dismissing a Christian teacher for refusing to separate from her husband following conviction for sex offences was indirect religious discrimination (UK)

Keywords Religion, Indirect discrimination
Authors Laurence Mills
Author's information

300059 Laurence Mills
Laurence Mills is an associate at Lewis Silkin LLP: www.lewissilkin.com.
  • Abstract

      The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an appeal against the finding that a committed Christian teacher who refused to separate from her husband following his conviction for sexual offences would have been dismissed regardless of her faith and therefore such a dismissal was not indirectly discriminatory. The EAT found instead that the Claimant was presented with the choice of having to separate from her husband or be dismissed which subjected people who have a faith-based commitment to marriage to a particular disadvantage.

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