Presbyterian Minister Rev Clifford Rawlins has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scotland claiming damages for breach of contract after the church terminated his employment in January.
The church claimed, among other things, that Rev Rawlins
had "inappropriate" material on the office computer, an allegation Rev Rawlins
has vehemently denied.Additionally, he
is claiming that he
did not get an opportunity to deny the allegation.
writ, Rev Rawlins
named certain members of the church whom he
accused of wrongfully and maliciously setting about to destroy his
career as a minister of the Church of Scotland
is asking for damages with interest and costs.In legal documents filed in the Registry of the Port-of-Spain High Court by attorney Justin Phelps, Rev Rawlins has also named church member Ray Sumairsingh as the person instrumental in hiring him.
According to Rev Rawlins
, by oral agreement, in October 2003, between the church in the person of Sumairsingh, an agreement was reached to employ him as associate minister from December 1, 2003, at a salary of $60,000 per year, plus accommodation or allowance in lieu, and a vehicle with all expenses paid.
...Rev Rawlins stated that by an undated letter delivered to him about June 17, 2004, a senior member of the church maliciously accused him of having runaway ambitions and exuberance in worship.He
was also accused of being the major problem in the church, and it was suggested that he
should not receive a formal contract of employment.Rev Rawlins
claimed that on June 26, 2004, a pastorate committee was wrongfully convened to investigate him.He
also alleged that four days later a meeting was convened and more wrongful allegations were made against him.He
was directed to see a psychologist.
e-mailed Rev Rawlins
on August 30, 2004, informing him that he
was asked to seek counselling because of the "material" allegation.He
emphasised that the allegation was false, and that the BWM
never gave him an opportunity to defend it.