Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Church Ordered to Pay Woman Fired for Adultery; Laws in Singapore Protect Pregnant Workers

The Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore has been ordered to pay $5,500 in salary to a woman who was fired allegedly for committing adultery, the Christian Post website reports today (August 20, 2013).

The megachurch -- which is home to over 10,000 members and is one of the largest in Singapore -- has said that it will abide by the court order, although it insisted that it was right to fire the woman last September.

"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 organization," said the church's senior pastor, Lawrence Khong, who founded the church in 1986.

The woman handled administrative duties for the church, and was finalizing her divorce when she found out that she was pregnant with the child of another church worker, who later resigned. Singapore's labor laws protect female workers from dismissal if they are at least four months pregnant.

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