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Leave your husband or lose your job

This was the harsh choice placed before Ms Pendleton, a Christian teacher whose husband – the Head of another school – had been convicted of making indecent images of children and of voyeurism. She knew nothing about her husband's activities until his arrest and there was no suggestion that she was in any way involved in them. Nevertheless, the school took the view that her relationship with her husband was incompatible with her safeguarding duties to the school. Ms Pendleton stayed with her husband and, when the school fired her, she brought a case to the Employment Tribunal.

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