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Compensate woman fired for adultery, church told

It sacked pregnant employee 'without sufficient cause', says MOM

Published on Aug 20, 2013 6:41 AM
 

One of Singapore's biggest independent churches has been ordered by the Government to compensate a female church worker fired because of her alleged adulterous relationship.

The female employee at Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) had gone to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) after she was sacked last September when the church found out she was pregnant with the child of another church employee.

The ministry said that it looked into the complaint and found that the woman was "dismissed without sufficient cause within six months of her delivery date".

The church did not give her the salary and maternity benefits she was entitled to under the Employment Act.

 
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Background story

FCBC senior pastor Lawrence Khong (above) on...

THE PREGNANT EMPLOYEE

When we asked her, she admitted to having an affair with another colleague even before her divorce proceedings were final.

THE DISMISSAL

We are a church. If we concede that the dismissal was unjust, it means we are condoning adultery and it will weaken our moral and spiritual authority in the organisation.