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Workers successfully claim religious discrimination and constructive dismissal

Workers successfully claim religious discrimination and constructive dismissal

Two workers were successful recently in their claim of religious discrimination and constructive dismissal.

The case was brought against Prospects - a Christian voluntary organisation which was established in 1976 and provides support to adults with learning disabilities.

It introduced a recruitment policy under which it would only employ Christians, except for purely administrative roles, the Muslim News reports.

Ex-worker Mark Sheridan, who was a Christian, was instructed not to employ or promote non-Christians to non-administrative roles.

Meanwhile, his colleague Louise Hender was informed that, as she was not a Christian, she could not advance in the organisation.

Both staff members resigned over the issue.

Prospects claimed that Christianity was a genuine occupational requirement since workers were often required to provide "spiritual support" to adults who sought help from them.

However, during an employment tribunal, it was ruled that, while being a Christian was important, it was not essential. The charity therefore lost its defence.