A UK nursery worker is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for telling a gay colleague being gay is wrong and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.
Sarah Mbuyi, 30, is taking her former employer Newpark Childcare in London, UK to court after claiming she lost her job because of religious discrimination.
Mbuyi, a Christian originally from Belgium, has been accused of harassing her lesbian colleague, giving her a Bible and refusing to read stories about gay parents to children.
Mbuyi claims she had many conversations about her religious beliefs and was often asked about them by her gay colleague.
Her lesbian colleague was involved in an accident and recovering in hospital when Mbuyi gave her a Bible, saying she did so because of the interest her colleague had shown in her religion.
Mbuyi claims she was pressed to give her Christian views on homosexuality.
‘When I said ‘No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are’, [her colleague] became emotional and went off to report me to my manager’ she said.
‘My disciplinary hearing was hopelessly one-sided because they put my accuser’s claims to me as fact, without any forewarning and so I wasn’t prepared. It seemed to me they had already made up their minds to justify sacking me, before hearing my side of the story.’
Mbuyi will be represented by The Christian Legal Centre, by a powerful religious barrister Paul Diamond, the Telegraph reports.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the group spoke about why they are fighting for Mbuyi’s case.
‘Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love and concern for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by a dominating cultural correctness’ she said.
‘There is a culture of fear which closes down freedom of speech and the manifestation of faith. This culture brands the liberating good news of the Gospel as oppressive and regressive.’