Should an employee be dismissed for proselytising?
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This month, Employment Law Barrister, Daniel Barnett, takes a look at the Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust case, which addresses the issue of proselytism; the act of religious conversion.
Often taking the opportunity to talk to her patients about religion, Kuteh, an NHS nurse, became subject to complaints from her patients who were unhappy about doing so. The issue was addressed by the matron, who spoke to Kuteh about her inappropriate actions. Kuteh assured the matron that she would stop initiating religious conversations with patients; but, following this, Kuteh continued to do so, subsequently asking a patient to sing a psalm with her and saying prayers for patients.
Despite appealing, a dismissal was deemed proportionate by the employment tribunal, with Kuteh eventually dismissed due to her inappropriate behaviour and improper acts of proselytism.
To read the full details of the case, please click here.