Church wants review of minister's order to compensate axed employee
Thorny questions of adultery, church and state are set to be aired in a rare High Court legal review being sought by one of the largest churches in Singapore.
The case involves a pregnant administrative worker at the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) who was sacked last year after committing adultery.
She complained to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in September last year. In August this year, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin decided she was "dismissed without sufficient cause". He ordered the church to compensate the woman's salary and maternity benefits of $7,000.
The church told The Straits Times that it plans to file papers today seeking a High Court judicial review of Mr Tan's decision.
'NOT A CONFRONTATION'
I hope that this experience will bring deeper understanding of one another and greater mutual respect. We are trying to draw a line and say, 'Let's respect each other.'
- FCBC senior pastor Lawrence Khong