August 12, 2010

Tribunal upholds decision to sack faith-sharing Christian

by Benjamin Graham

A local council employee who was sacked for sharing his Christian faith at work has been told by an employment tribunal that he was fairly dismissed.

Duke Amachree, a homelessness officer at Wandsworth Council, was suspended in January 2009 after he told a client with an incurable illness to “put her faith in God”.

The woman complained of Amachree imposing his faith on her during a “30-minute barrage”.

Following his suspension and an internal investigation he was dismissed for gross misconduct in July 2009.

Amachree then disputed his sacking at an employment tribunal.

However, his claims of unfair dismissal, religious discrimination and breach of contract were this week denied by the tribunal.

Amachree said he was “devastated” by the ruling.

“This is a sad day for Christians who simply want to live out their faith in the workplace without fear.”

A spokesperson for Wandsworth Council said: “We’re delighted that the tribunal has found in our favour, supported the common sense and wholly reasonable way we handled this case and rejected the totally spurious and misleading claims that were made against us.”

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