Riest Wins Wrongful Termination Suit

United Press International
June 9, 2008

VASTERAS, Sweden, June 9 (UPI) — The Swedish Labor Court has ruled a Swedish Church priest was unlawfully terminated after he was fired for having an affair with a married woman.

The priest was fired in December 2005 after he engaged in a fistfight with the woman's husband, who had reported the affair to the parish vicar and a bishop, in October of that year, The Local reported Monday.

The letter sent to the priest to inform him of his termination said his actions had caused harm to the church's reputation.

However, the priest disagreed with the rationale for his firing and sued the Swedish Church for wrongful termination in August 2006. The Labor Court upheld the Vastmanland District Court's ruling in favor of the priest, which cited the length of time between the priest's alleged improper behavior and his firing.

The Labor Court ordered the church to pay the priest's lost wages as well as $16,700 compensation.


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