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Sex discrimination in employment within the Church of England

Brodin, Emma Victoria (1997) Sex discrimination in employment within the Church of England. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    The principle of equality in the workplace, enshrined in the Sex Discrimination Act
    1975, applies to a wide category of workers. However, there are certain exceptions to
    the legislation. Ministers of religion are not protected by the Act where employment is
    limited to one sex. Historically "employment" as a Church of England priest was limited
    to one sex. Then in 1993, following the momentous General Synod vote, legislation was
    passed which allowed women to be ordained as priests. A significant change had taken
    place regarding the theology of the Church. This shift in theology also brought the legal
    position of priests, in relation to sex discrimination, into question. An initial question
    was, should such priests be protected by secular employment legislation? if so, what are
    the legal difficulties of inclusion under the Sex Discrimination Act, and what are the
    practical difficulties of accommodation under the Act? These questions form the
    foundation stones of this thesis.

    A four stage process was used to answer these questions. First, a philosophical analysis
    of the theory behind sex discrimination law was undertaken, focusing on the concepts of
    equality and difference. Secondly, the position of the Church of England in relation to
    sex discrimination law was assessed with special reference to the employment status of
    ministers of religion. Thirdly, drawing on the theoretical work of stages one and two, an
    empirical investigation into the treatment of Church of England priests was conducted.
    The fourth stage built upon the empirical findings and the theoretical framework. British
    and European Community sex discrimination law was critically analysed, as was the
    relevant ecclesiastical law, and recommendations for law reform were made.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID uk.bl.ethos.363234
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Equal rights, Workplace, Sociology, Human services, Law, Law enforcement, Prisons, Labor
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    K Law > KD England and Wales
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2009 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:38
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4753

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