Religion and the genuine occupational requirement: JQ v IR again

The long-running saga of the doctor dismissed by a Roman Catholic hospital in Germany for failing to obey the Church’s canon law on marriage has been concluded in the doctor’s favour.

JR, a Roman Catholic, was Head of the Internal Medicine Department of St Vinzenz Hospital, in Düsseldorf, which was managed by IR: a limited liability company under the supervision of the Archbishop of Cologne. JR divorced his first wife and remarried in a civil ceremony in 2008 without first seeking an annulment under canon law and was sacked in 2009 on the grounds that he had infringed the duty of loyalty under his employment contract. Continue reading