Smith v Trafford Housing Trust  IRLR 86 HC
Reports relating to this case:
- 20 March 2013
In Smith v Trafford Housing Trust  IRLR 86 HC, the High Court held that an employee did not breach his employer's code of conduct by expressing his views on gay marriage on Facebook. The employer was not therefore contractually entitled to demote him. However, since the wrongful imposition of a new contract amounted in law to a wrongful dismissal, damages were limited to loss of earnings during the notice period.
- 21 November 2012
The High Court has upheld a breach of contract claim against a housing trust that demoted a Christian manager who said on Facebook that holding civil partnership ceremonies in churches is "an equality too far".