A church minister who was sacked for engaging in premarital sex will be paid Sh228,000.
In her suit filed in the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nyeri, the 30-year-old woman had sued registered trustees of the Methodist Church of Kenya, claiming she was fired because of being pregnant.
Justice Nzioki wa Makau on Monday awarded the minister the amount after ruling that she was unlawfully terminated. In her claim, she averred that the conduct of the church in terminating her services amounted to discrimination on the basis of her pregnancy and gender.
In the suit, in which the church failed to enter appearance, the minister said the reason for her dismissal was because of having a child before nine months of marriage had elapsed.
ccording to a letter dated November 8, last year, which was filed in court, the woman was sacked for failure to “adhere to the normal standards of the church as an evangelist”.
“As noted, you did a church wedding on May 27, 2017 and you gave birth in October the same year. This is five months instead of the expected nine,” the letter signed by the Reverend Wilson Njagi for the Synod Bishop read in part. The letter added that after investigations, it was noted the pregnancy had gone full cycle, indicating the claimant was involved in sex before marriage.