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Unfair dismissal: Dismissal for refusal of Sunday working not unfair

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In Copsey v WWB Devon Clays Ltd [2005] EWCA (Civ) 932, the Court of Appeal holds that article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights did not require the Employment Rights Act 1996 to be interpreted in such a way as to render a dismissal for refusing a change to his working hours that meant working on Sundays, unfair. The employment tribunal was right to find that the employee had been fairly dismissed for "some other substantial reason". The employer had done everything it could to accommodate the employee's Christian beliefs about Sunday observance, including offering him other positions, and in all the circumstances it had acted reasonably in dismissing him.