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Dismissal of teacher who stood by sex offender husband was indirect religious discrimination

The EAT has held that a teacher had suffered indirect religion or belief discrimination when she was dismissed for standing by her husband, the headteacher of another local school, after he was convicted of downloading indecent images of children and voyeurism.

The teacher, a practising Anglican Christian, had made her decision in light of her marriage vows, specifically her commitment, in the presence of God, for better or worse. Accepting the difficulty inherent in such circumstances for anyone in a loving and committed relationship, those who also held such a religious belief faced a particular disadvantage if put to the election of choosing between their partner and their career.

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