Housing manager who criticised gay marriage wrongly dismissed

Breach of contract 'serious and repudiatory', High Court decides

16 Nov 2012

The High Court has ruled that a housing manager who described gay marriage on his Facebook page as “an equality too far” should not have been demoted.

Adrian Smith, a practicing Christian and lay preacher, was suspended from work on full pay, subjected to a disciplinary investigation and told he had been guilty of gross misconduct for which he deserved to be dismissed.

However, the court heard that because of Smith’s “long record of loyal service” he was demoted to a non-managerial post, with a 40 per cent salary cut phased in over two years.

Ruling in Smith v Trafford Housing Trust [2012] EWHC...

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