The late Lillian Ladele worked as a registrar for marriages, births, and deaths for the London Borough of Islington.
Following the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, Islington designated all of its existing registrars as civil partnership registrars as well as marriage registrars. Ladele objected to being required to officiate due to her Christian beliefs.
When her Employer disciplined and threatened to dismiss her she claimed unlawfully discriminatory treatment stating that she should not be required to perform civil partnerships, because of her religious beliefs.
As a result Ladele made an application to the Employment Tribunal, complaining of direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of religious beliefs and harassment.
The Employment Tribunal held that she had been directly and indirectly discriminated against, as well as harassed. .
The Employment Tribunal held that she had been directly and indirectly discriminated against as well as harassed. The Employment Appeals Tribunal reversed it’s decision. Unfortunately Ms Ladele died some weeks after this.