Christian worker sacked for views on abortion
Margaret Forrester has settled her claims against her former employer, the North West London NHS Trust. Ms Forrester had been due to take her case to the High Court claiming that the trust had breached her human rights and was also set to take a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Her claims at the Employment tribunal were to include unfair dismissal, religious discrimination and religious harassment.
Ms Forrester had been sacked by the trust in a dispute with her employer. Ms Forrester claimed that the dispute originated when she gave her colleague an anti-abortion booklet. Ms Forrester claimed that the NHS were becoming “dangerously totalitarian”
Her lawyers, the Thomas More Legal Centre, confirmed last night that both claims had been settled for an undisclosed sum.
A spokesperson for the centre said “Margaret Forrester wishes to thank all those many people who have supported her and prayed for her throughout this difficult time and in particular has said that she wants to thank the Thomas More Legal Centre for its support and work on her behalf. The Thomas More Legal Centre is privileged to have been able to represent Margaret Forrester in this important case and stands ready to support any other NHS employee who may find themselves being threatened for expressing religious or pro-life views.”
In accordance with the terms of the settlement, neither party are allowed to talk about the deal. Nonetheless the Trust have always maintained that Ms Forrester was sacked for refusing to work.