A social worker who was dismissed by Liverpool City Council after promoting his religious views to people under his care was found not to have been the victim of religious discrimination.
The Council have clear guidelines which do not allow social workers to overtly promote their religious views during the course of their work.
The employee’s managers were concerned about his actions, which included giving a bible to a service user and asking a service user whether he believed in God. The employee was eventually dismissed.
The Tribunal and the EAT agreed that the employee was not dismissed on the ground of his religion, but rather because he was promoting his religious views to service users in breach of a reasonable management instruction.
They found that the Council would have acted in the same way had the employee been of a different religion, or if he had been promoting other strongly held beliefs.
Chondol v Liverpool City Council, EAT