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Christian worker who would not work on Sundays loses her Tribunal claim

24 February 2012 #Employment

Celestina Mba, a devout Christian worked for Merton Council at the Brightwell children`s centre in Morden until she claims she was forced to resign in June 2010 after being told she had to work on Sundays.

Miss Mba claimed that “Christianity requires Sundays off. The Bible asks us to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy.” She therefore refused to work on a Sunday and claims that, after this refusal, she was forced out of her job. She brought claims of constructive unfair dismissal and religious discrimination against her former employers.

The London South Employment Tribunal rejected her complaints, ruling that not working on Sundays was “not a core component of Christian faith”. The Judgement has been called a “blow to Christianity” by a number of national newspapers.

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