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‘Sham’ hearing accusation

A multimillion-pound charitable trust has been accused of conducting a ‘sham’ disciplinary hearing before dismissing its CEO over his beliefs on marriage.

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Kenneth Ferguson is suing The Robertson Trust for unfair dismissal and religious discrimination. He was sacked when trust chairwoman Shonaig Macpherson objected to Stirling Free Church, where he is an elder, renting premises owned by the Trust. Macpherson was reportedly ‘incandescent’ when she learned of the arrangement, as the church does not endorse same-sex marriage. An employment tribunal heard that her decision to dismiss Mr Ferguson was made before any disciplinary proceedings had taken place.