Court Supports The Sacking Of Christian Actress Over Homosexuality Comment
An employment tribunal has sided with
Leicester’s Curve Theatre in a
discrimination case brought by a Christian
actress who was sacked over comments
about homosexuality on Facebook.
Seyi Omooba, 26, was suing the theatre
and her former agents for £128,000 after
she was dropped from the lead role of
Celie in a production of The Color Purple.
She was fired after a 2014 Facebook post
resurfaced in which she said she did not
believe that homosexuality was right or
that people could be born gay.
Her contract with Global Artists was also
terminated following the controversy.
She was offered her full salary for the role
but refused the offer in order to bring a
discrimination, breach of contract and
harassment case against the theatre and
But the Central London Employment
Tribunal, which heard the case virtually,
concluded that the theatre was justified in
firing her over the Facebook post.
It was “the effect of the adverse publicity
from [the 2014 post’s] retweet, without
modification or explanation, on the
cohesion of the cast, the audience’s
reception, the reputation of the producers
and ‘the good standing and commercial
success’ of the production, that were the
reasons why she was dismissed,” the
written judgment said.
The court also rejected her claims of loss
of earnings – Miss Omooba said she had
been unable to find acting work since the
“There is no financial loss because she
would not have played the part,” the panel
“There is no loss of opportunity to enhance
her reputation by performing, because she
would not have played the part.
“If there is damage to her reputation, it was
not caused by being dropped from the
production but by an unconnected person’s
tweeting… of her Facebook post and the
outcry resulting from that.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of
Christian Concern, which supported Miss
Omooba in her case, said she was
“disappointed” by the verdict and that the
actress was considering an appeal.
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