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RELIGION OR BELIEF: Forgetting the Sabbath day

31 January 2014  

Employers need to take care over Sunday working despite a recent ruling that a Christian care worker did not have to be given the day off, warns Philippa O’Malley

The Court of Appeal has held that an employer was justified in requiring a Christian employee to work on Sundays, notwithstanding her belief that Sunday should be a day of rest. The main issue in Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] was the relevance of how widely held the belief was to the proportionality of the discriminatory disadvantage suffered by the employee.


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Eweida & ors v the UK [2013] ECHR 37

    Ladele v London Borough of Islington [2009] EWCA Civ 1357

    Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562

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