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Religious discrimination: Content of religious belief not protected

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In McFarlane v Relate Avon Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ B1, the Court of Appeal refused a Christian relationship counsellor leave to appeal against a finding that his dismissal for refusing to counsel same-sex couples on sexual matters did not constitute religious discrimination.

Key points

  • There is no basis in law for challenging the Court of Appeal decision in Ladele v London Borough of Islington, therefore the employee in the present case, which could not sensibly be distinguished from Ladele, did not have a sustainable argument to pursue on appeal.