Christian Claims he was Denied a Job at a Country House Hotel near Colchester on Account of His Faith

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 13, 2014

Graphic designer Jamie Haxby was interviewed for a job at Prested Hall Hotel near Colchester in the United Kingdom. He says his interviewer, Celie Parker, asked him if he was Christian, to which he answered in the affirmative. On looking through his portfolio and seeing that he had done previous work with churches and Christian groups, she commented that she and other members of staff were atheists and that they could never work with a committed Christian. She is also reported to have apologized for wasting Haxby’s time.

Mr. Haxby tried to settle the dispute with the hotel, and, when that didn’t work, decided to file a complaint with the Employment Tribunal and was supported by the Christian Institute, a nonprofit legal firm. The hotel claimed that they simply chose a more experienced candidate. Haxby finally settled the case out of court, and the incident ended with the hotel agreeing to make a donation to the charity Essex Air Ambulance. According to the Christian Institute, “there was no personal compensation involved” for Haxby. Source: