Lucy successfully argued that recruiting only Christian staff was a legitimate occupational requirement in certain circumstances. In this particular case, Leprosy Mission International had refused an application for a vacancy as finance administrator from a Muslim applicant, who then claimed discrimination on the grounds of religion.
The tribunal held that it was lawful for the charity to insist on Christianity as an occupational requirement, as the ethos permeated every aspect of the workplace (eg, the day began with prayers every morning). If the charity had hired a non-Christian, it would have had an impact on how effectively the charity could maintain its ethos.
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