A high court judge has ruled against a Christian woman who launched legal action against her employers, claiming she was forced from her job because she refused to work on Sundays.
Mr Justice Langstaff, President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, ruled that Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays as it is not a "core component” of their beliefs, the Telegraph reported.
Celestina Mba, 57, launched her legal action in February 2012, claiming the council run Brightwell children’s home pressured her to work on Sundays. Fellow employees were willing to cover her shifts and Mba offered to work unsociable hours so her Sunday worship at a Baptist church would not be compromised. Mba stated: "My employers treated me unjustly because of my faith. I cannot say whether they were prejudiced or not because it is only God that can see in their hearts.”
The judge ruled that it was relevant that Christians did not ask for Sundays off work and the right to do so is not protected. Christian campaigners have complained that other religions enjoy greater protection under the law.
Earlier this year Digital Journal reported the British government was prepared to go the Court of Human Rights to defend its decision that employers had the right to ban Christian employees from wearing a visible cross at work.