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December 2013

Three judges have reserved judgement in the case of Christian children’s worker Celestina Mba v. The Mayor and the London Borough of Merton.

Ms Mba took the parties to the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 23 October over their refusal to provide reasonable accommodation for her devoutly held Christian beliefs.

Supported by barrister Paul Diamond and the Christian Legal Centre, Ms Mba told the court that, before she began working for Brightwell Children’s Home in London, she agreed with her employers that she would not work on Sundays, in accordance with her Christian beliefs.

However, she argued that soon after she started the job, the council changed the arrangement, saying that the arrangement was temporary and forced her to choose between her job and her Christian observance. The outcome was not known at time of going to press.