Christian nursery nurse fights 'unfair' dismissal

Newpark Montessori School, Shepherds Bush Credit: ITV News

A Christian nursery nurse who claims she lost her job after expressing her views on homosexuality, has told ITV News she'll fight her dismissal. Sarah Mbuyi insists her actions were justified, when she told a gay colleague at Newpark Nursery in Shepherd's Bush that the Bible regards homosexuality as a sin. They'd been discussing the bible and sexuality, when Ms Mbuyi, who describes herself as a born again Christian, says she was pressed to give her view. She's now claiming unfair dismissal after a gross misconduct hearing on grounds of religious discrimination. Sarah Mbuyi said:

“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.”

She said she could see why her colleague would find her comments offensive but added that she sees homosexuality as a sin. When questioned over strict employment laws over discrimination, she said:

"I think that expressing a biblical view and just keeping it at that is not an abusive behaviour."

Employment lawyer Hina Belitz agreed that a Christian belief is a lawfully held view, but she doesn't have a right to offend, insult, humiliate and upset people:

"Gross offence is a question of fact and degree so if someone is, by nature of their own strongly-held views offended, then that's something that may be upsetting, but doesn't necessarily amount to action being justified. However, if the view is expressed in an intimidating, offensive way, if the intention or objective is to harass, to upset, to humiliate, then of course, action might be justified."

No one at Newpark Nursery in Shepherd's Bush was available for comment.

Ria Chatterjee reports: