Sarah Mbuyi claims that she was fired from her job at New Park Childcare in Highbury, north London, after having a conversation with a lesbian colleague in which she said that ‘God does not condone homosexuality’.
And the Belgian-born Ms Mbuyi has said she will fight the dismissal, intending to argue at Watford Employment Tribunal that she has the right under EU law to enter into conversations with adult colleagues subject to the normal principles of engagement in speech.
Speaking of when her lesbian colleague came to her and told she was unhappy the Church did not allow her to marry her female partner, Ms Mbuyi recalled: ‘When I said “No, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are”, she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager.’
Ms Mbuyi was dismissed for gross misconduct by nursery directors who told she had breached equality policy through her conversation with the colleague.
Andrea Minichello Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said the case exemplified what she called ‘oppressive cultural correctness’.
‘Sharing Biblical truths out of genuine love for colleagues is being outlawed in the workplace by an oppressive “cultural correctness”. There is a culture of fear which shuts down freedom of speech and the expression of faith,’ she said.