Paul Diamond represented Ms Mbuyi in this important case; Ms Mbuyi prevailed.
Ms Mbuyi engaged in a private conversation with a co-employee who was a lesbian. The co-employee criticised the Church; and Ms Mbuyi expressed Church doctrine. Ms. Mbuyi was summarily dismissed for the expression of her views.
This case raised important issues on the application of EOP policies and of ‘speech codes’ at work, where the employer is the judge, jury and executioner of the policy.
In this case, the employer found the expression of criticism of the Church acceptable, but not the viewpoint in reply.
The case was reported in the Sunday Times: