A Christian children's worker has lost her appeal against being forced to work on Sundays.
Celestina Mba was working at Brightwell Children's Home for three
years and had never worked a Sunday because her employers accommodated
When her employers changed their policy, Mrs Mba attempted to reach a
compromise by offering to work night or Saturday shifts, or accepting
less pay, but they insisted she work on Sunday.
Mrs Mba has been told by an Employment Appeals Tribunal that her
employer was justified in not accommodating her Christian observance of
The Employment Appeals Tribunal held that Sunday was not a ‘core’
component of the Christian faith because some Christians would be
prepared to work on a Sunday, and thus Christians as a whole do not need
The Christian Legal Centre said the judgement was "very concerning"
and "another example of the undermining of the Christian faith from the
public square by the political and judicial elites".
Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal
Centre, said: “As we reflect on Christmas, the Queen’s speech and a
national census that continues to demonstrate our identity as a
Christian nation, we may ask why our ruling elite seems ready to
undermine all that most of us hold dear."
Mrs Williams said Christians who wish to observe the Sabbath may "be forced out of the workplace".
“In the past year we have seen mandatory tests of faith in relation
to the wearing of crosses by Christians, belief about marriage between a
man and a woman and now observing the Sabbath when in all cases
reasonable accommodation could have been made," she said.
"Such tests do not appear to be similarly applied to Muslims who are
permitted to wear the hijab and observe prayers and Sikhs with the kara
“As the Government presses ahead with the redefinition of marriage
perhaps the Courts will inform us what percentage of Christians need to
believe marriage is between a man and woman before they will protect