18 June 2008
Clergyman wins unfair dismissal claim at employment tribunal
A clergyman who was sacked last year has been successful at an employment tribunal, it has been revealed.
Reverend David Johnston lost his job as director of communications for the Liverpool diocese in September 2007 after an article was published in a UK newspaper suggesting he was having an affair.
However, the story was subsequently retracted and an apology was published.
The 56-year-old had claimed during an internal grievance hearing that he was forced out of his job because the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones, disapproved of his divorce.
In a new development, an employment tribunal has found in his favour and he has been awarded £19,379, the BBC reports.
Commenting on the outcome, Mr Johnson said: "The decision is a victory for the little people."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Liverpool Diocese - which serves a population of 1.56 million - said: "While we are disappointed, we accept the tribunal's decision."