From THE WESTERN MORNING NEWS
via THINKING ANGLICANS:
A sacked female minister in Cornwall has won a landmark ruling to bring a case against the Methodist Church for unfair dismissal. The decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal reverses an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal and paves the way for all clergy to challenge their employers in the courts.
The tribunal concluded that Haley Moore, who was dismissed as a minister in Redruth, was an employee under the Employment Rights Act and can take action against her former employer, the President of the Methodist Conference.
The Unite union, which has been fighting for equal rights at work for religious workers for 16 years, said the decision was a “significant step forward”.
COMMENT: A highly respected clergyman and good friend of mine told me that he was disappointed that I had withdrawn my employment tribunal action against the church because he thought I would have definitely won. It now appears he may well have been right.
However, the reasons I withdrew my claim had nothing to do with my bishop's original defence that I wasn't a real employee and everything to do with the eagerness my bishop resorted to smear campaign tactics and the fact that an official at Newcastle Diocese had told a union rep that anybody taking them to court would never work for the Church of England again - off the record, of course.
I notice that in line with pretty much all of the Church Universal, the Methodists are going stick two fingers up to Jesus Christ and his teachings and appeal this judicial decision.