Christian school worker fired for Facebook post allowed to appeal
45-year-old Christian, Kristie Higgs, was fired from her job in 2020 for posting concerns about LGBT+ ideology being implemented in her son's school. The anonymous complaint leading to her being fired stated her post was "homophobic and prejudiced".
Mrs Higgs posted the post on her private Facebook page only visible to her family and friends. In an Employment Appeal Tribunal, His Honour Judge (HHJ) Taylor ruled in favour of Mrs Higgs stating: “This appeal potentially raises important issues on the approach to be adopted by the Tribunals to manifestation and expression of beliefs”. Higgs will now appeal her case, which will be heard later this year.
Kristie Higgs took her former employer, the Church of England primary school Farmor’s School in Fairford, to court under the allegations of discrimination and harassment on the grounds of her Christian beliefs. After 7 years of pastoral assistant work, Mrs Higgs was simply dismissed after raising concerns about transgenderism and sex education being implemented at her son’s primary school on Facebook.
Although an Employment Tribunal rejected her claim for religious discrimination, her appeal had been granted by an Employment Appeal Tribunal in London. HHJ Taylor listed the appeal in “Category A”, meaning the case is complex and raises points of law of public importance. Representing Mrs Higgs, Barrister Richard O’Dair stated: “It is not transphobic to have doubts about gender reassignment for children”.
He furthermore called the decision made by the Bristol Employment Tribunal “perverse” stating their view is “not a view to which one can come if one has a proper understanding of free speech”.