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Worcestershire tribunal case is remitted for fresh hearing

We reported on the case of Mark Sharpe, the former Rector of the Teme Valley South benefice (near Tenbury Wells) in February 2012: here, and also here.

This week, the Employment Appeal Tribunal finally issued its judgment in the appeal of this case.

The full text of the judgment can be found here (.doc format) or as a webpage here.

In brief, the EAT made no decision on the substantive issues, but remitted the case to a fresh hearing before the ET in accordance with various legal principles set out in the judgment, some of which depend on other recent cases involving ministers of religion, including in particular this one.

The trade union UNITE issued this press release: Unite calls for clergy employment talks after landmark decision.

Media coverage:

Telegraph Rector to sue church over harassment from parishioners

Birmingham Mail Vicar wins appeal in battle to sue church

BBC Church of England ‘harassed vicar’ case to be heard again

Update

Frank Cranmer has published this analysis: Clergy employment: Church of England rector wins appeal on jurisdictional issue

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It’s very convenient for the CofE to pretend that emplyment law shouldn’t apply to its clergy. It lets them get away wirh employment practices which wouldn’t be tolerated in a civilised society. Just as it is very convenient that the CofE is exempt from much of the Equalities legislation which allows homophobia and mysogyny to flourish un-checked.