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Social worker was denied a job position over his religious views

Felix Ngole, a 46-year-old devout Christian social worker in the U.K., has criticized an employment tribunal ruling, stating it sets a “dangerous precedent for Christians.”


Employment Judge Jonathan Brain, who presided over the tribunal, acknowledged that Ngole had faced direct discrimination when Touchstone Leeds, an NHS recruiter, withdrew their initial job offer, according to Christian Concern, whose legal arm, the Christian Legal Centre, supported Ngole.

However, the tribunal dismissed Ngole’s claims of indirect discrimination and harassment during subsequent procedures, which included a second interview to further examine his beliefs. Judge Brain reportedly indicated that the decision to withdraw the job offer was based on legitimate concerns about the potential impact of Ngole’s public views on LGBT patients’ mental health. The tribunal concluded that maintaining client trust and safety justified Touchstone’s actions.

This aspect of the ruling has been criticized for potentially limiting employment opportunities for those who do not actively support LGBT ideology, Christian Concern noted.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, condemned the ruling as “contorted” in its reasoning. She argued that the decision undermines the free expression of traditional Christian beliefs and could lead to widespread employment discrimination against individuals with similar views.


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