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Christian council worker loses bid

A committed Christian who was sacked from his council job after suggesting that a woman with an incurable illness "put her faith in God" has lost his legal claim, it has emerged.

A written judgment issued by the London south employment tribunal ruled that Duke Amachree was "fairly dismissed" from his post by Wandsworth Borough Council.

Mr Amachree was suspended from his role as a Homelessness Prevention Officer on January 28, 2009, after his employers received a complaint from a "shocked" and "upset" service user.

The woman, referred to as Ms X, had sought advice about her housing situation during an interview with Mr Amachree two days previously.

The tribunal heard that when she revealed she was suffering from an incurable disease, the father-of-two discussed his religious beliefs with her and suggested she "should put her faith in God".

Mr Amachree, who had worked for the council for 18 years, was dismissed for gross misconduct in July last year following the the council's internal investigation and disciplinary hearing.

A subsequent appeal against its decision was dismissed and he launched a legal claim for unfair dismissal, religious discrimination and breach of contract in respect of the failure to give him notice of dismissal.

However, following a hearing in June and July, the tribunal ruled he was "fairly dismissed" and was not discriminated against on the grounds of his religion by the council.

His claim of breach of contract was also judged to be not well founded and dismissed.

In a statement issued by the Christian Legal Centre, who backed his case, Mr Amachree said: "I am devastated by the outcome. This is a sad day for Christians who simply want to live out their faith in the workplace without fear."

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