Absenting oneself from work for religious purposes: Da Costa

Barely worth a free-standing note, but nevertheless…

In Mr M Da Costa v Boots Management Services Ltd (England and Wales: Religion or Belief Discrimination) [2018] UKET 3327712/2017, the claimant and his wife, both Jehovah’s Witnesses, were customer assistants at Boots in Brent Cross. In 2016 they applied for places on an eight-week course in Madrid designed to improve their skills in organising and running Jehovah’s Witness activities and when they were accepted they asked for eight weeks’ leave. Continue reading