A Council worker, Duke Amachree, has lost his claim against Wandsworth Council for unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief following his dismissal for Gross Misconduct after more than 18 years service. The allegation was that he had suggested that a client with an incurable bowel condition should put her faith in God. The 30 year old client complained to the Council saying she was shocked and upset by the comments.
Amachree was suspended and subsequently dismissed. The Christian Legal Centre backed the claim and argued that the decision to dismiss was disproportionate and unfair (thus being outside the range of reasonable responses) and that the Council had discriminated against Amachree. The Tribunal ruled the dismissal was fair and that there was no discrimination. Further, the tribunal took the view that he had breached confidentiality by publicising his case.