Case Type: Religious Discrimination

Hannah – Banned from Cafe for Reading the Bible and Praying

29TH JULY, 2021

Hannah* is a committed Christian who was banned from a well-known Canberra café for reading the Bible and praying with a friend over lunch. In July 2020, Hannah and her good friend Michelle, who has…

Caleb Cornloup – Religious Discrimination by Local Council

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Caleb Corneloup has been a street evangelist for several years, preaching in each of the cities where he has lived. That is why he applied to the Launceston City Council for a permit to conduct…

Oliver – Homestay Child Removed

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Oliver* and his wife are homestay parents in Queensland who were given care of an adolescent international student (who was a biological female) studying at a local school. Subsequent to the placement and after the…

Ian Shepherd – Investigated for Social Media Posts

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Ian Shepherd is a teacher in the NT who was subjected to a formal investigation by the Department of Education for his private social media posts about his religious beliefs after complaints by activists. The…

Ben – Forbidden to Talk About Faith at Work

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Ben* worked as a taxi driver for a cab company in NSW. Following an anonymous complaint about Ben, the company instructed all its staff not to talk about their faith or politics with passengers during…

Samantha – Job Threatened After Speaking About Faith

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Samantha* is a tertiary lecturer in WA who was ordered to never talk about her religion at work. In her workplace Samantha engaged in informal conversations about Christianity with staff and students. She addressed students…

Ryan – Lost Job Due to Religious Discrimination

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Ryan* was a general manager at a digital services company who was terminated in his role after answering unexpected questions at work about the Safe Schools program. Despite his reasoned response about why he opposed…

Henry – Lost Job Due to Religious Discrimination

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Henry* is a teacher who was returning to the classroom after workplace stress leave on a part-time work placement. Like most schools in Australia, questions surrounding sexuality, gender, and religion are of great interest to…

Chris – Lost Job Due to Religious Discrimination

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Chris* is a government employee who had worked with his department for 30 years. Some staff, supported by the Department, frequently circulated emails promoting LGBT issues including an encouragement to attend and support “pride” functions….

Madeline – Lost Job Due to Religious Discrimination

10TH FEBRUARY, 2021

Madeline is a Christian who was an entertainer for a children’s party business in Canberra. During the leadup to the 2017 Same-Sex Marriage postal vote, Madeline posted on Facebook, ‘It’s ok to vote no’. When…

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