A British worker who was forced to resign because she wanted to
observe the Sabbath is waiting on the results of an appeal.
Celestina Mba worked at Brightwell Children's Home in the
London-area District of Morden, caring for disabled children. She
had never worked Sundays, but was ordered to do so in 2010. An
employment tribunal ruled against her earlier this year, and now
her appeal is being heard.
Mba is represented by Christian
Legal Centre which posted an interview of Mba telling her
"Everything that I suggested they said no. Even when other
people - like a senior there said she would do all my Sundays, he
said no," she remembers. "He made several excuses so I escalated it
to the point where they said to me that they would dismiss me if I
don't work Sunday."
Despite losing the case after the hearing last February,
Mba stands firm in her faith.
"This is for God's glory. It's not about me. It's about his
glory," she declares. "He is doing something new, and I know that
he's doing something new because sometimes we have to stand for
what we believe so that God can do what he wants to do -- because
if we don't stand, nobody can do anything."
Well-known religious liberty barrister Paul Diamond represented
her before an Employment Appeal Tribunal and a decision is