A Christian security officer has filed discrimination charges against his American employer for deducting union fees from his pay.
Thomas Ross had repeatedly identified union membership as a violation of his religious beliefs.
He cites Ephesians 6:5-7 to argue that: “The Bible teaches that employees are to submit to their employers with ‘fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice; as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.’”
Mr. Ross stressed that he is “commanded to submit to my employer as to Jesus Christ” and, therefore, “to strike, walk out on, speak evil of, disobey, undermine, or provoke discontent against my employer is to rebel against Jesus Christ.”
The security officer pointed to Matthew 20:2,15 and the parable of the labourers in the vineyard, as evidence that “Christ also specifically taught individual bargaining rather than collective bargaining for labourers.”
He says the union is happy to accommodate his beliefs, but his employer refused his request to follow suit.
The Christian Post reports it is illegal for employers to discriminate against staff on the basis of religion.