Sacked Christian registrar Lillian Ladele wins holiday pay tribunal

The Christian registrar who was found to have been lawfully dismissed after refusing to conduct civil ceremonies has now won an employment tribunal over owed holiday pay.

Lillian Ladele, who worked as a registrar for Islington Council, was awarded £848.97 during a two-minute employment tribunal hearing in Covent Garden last week.

Ladele had claimed she was owed 5.6 days of holiday pay, the Islington Tribune has reported.

A council spokesman said: “The judge ordered the council to pay Lillian Ladele £848.97 under the Working Time Regulations. The hearing took place because Ms Ladele issued a claim against the council about her holiday pay. There are no court costs.”

Ladele was sacked by the council after she refused to conduct civil ceremonies when they were introduced in 2005, because she felt they breached her faith.

She claimed she was religiously discriminated against and harassed by Islington Council because of her decision. Her claims were initially upheld by the employment tribunal in 2007, but this decision was then overturned by rulings in both the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

In March, Ladele was refused the right to appeal her case for unfair dismissal at the Supreme Court.

The courts ruled it was fair of Islington Council to have dismissed Ladele because it had a duty to provide non-discriminatory services.

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