Church staff await ruling on lap dancer's dismissal

Yeah, that’s quite a headline from the UK’s Independent.ie website.

But it seems that it’s true.

At issue is whether church staff (organists, primarily) are watching this verdict.  Here’s why:

A lap dancer who wants to make an unfair dismissal claim is waiting to hear whether she has won a legal fight with a firm that runs “gentlemen’s clubs”.

Solicitors say employment lawyers and strippers across England and Wales will be monitoring 30-year-old Nadine Quashie’s battle with Stringfellow Restaurants.

They say church organists could also be interested.

The Court of Appeal was asked to decide whether Ms Quashie was an employee or was self-employed when she worked at the Stringfellows and Angels clubs in London.

Three appeal judges reserved their decision after a hearing in London.

Ms Quashie, (pictured) who lives in London, says she was employed and can therefore make a claim for unfair dismissal after being sacked for gross misconduct.

Stringfellows says she was self-employed and cannot make a claim.

“Strippers and church organists do not generally have a great deal in common, but this case brings the two together,” said employment law specialist David von Hagen.

“There have been a number of recent cases where church organists have brought similar actions, claiming unfair dismissal. There is a clear trend in that tribunals have tended to agree with the arguments of church organists, finding them to be employees.”

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Employment laws are getting more difficult everywhere.  How do you decide between the employee, independent contractor thing?  Do you have both at your church?  Does it make a difference?

Todd

One Comments

  • Peter D. November 16, 2012 Reply

    Churches are finding out one by one that church musicians are in fact employees of the church. There are a couple of determining factors involved, and the IRS Form SS8 is the form to be filed. Typically, if there are required hours, and the amount and frequency of compensation are set by the church, then the IRS will find that the church is responsible. The formula for ordained staff is a little different, but churches are getting away from treating any staff member as a contractor. What is going on in England? I don’t see that it affects what happens here in the USA, at least not yet.

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