BA Christian employee wins case in European Court

| 15/01/2013

nadia.gif(BBC): A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Judges ruled Nadia Eweida's rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing her white gold cross visibly. Judges ruled that the rights of three other Christians had not been violatedby their employers. They had brought cases against the government for not protecting their rights but ministers, who contested the claims, argued that the rights of the employees were only protected in private.

Ms Eweida, 60, a Coptic Christian from Twickenham in south-west London, told the BBC she was "jumping with joy" after the ruling, adding that it had "not been an easy ride".

British Airways said its own uniform policy was changed in 2007 to allow Miss Eweida and others to "wear symbols of faith and that she and other employees have been working under these arrangements for the last six years.

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  1. The Thinker says:

    In what way were they discriminating?  Were they permitting other emplyees to wear religious objects and not her?  Businesses have the right to determine what their employees wear, since they are representing the business while working.  Bad decision!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That sounds great but the way the other cases were decided is a disgrace:

    "Gary McFarlane, 51, a marriage counsellor sacked after saying he might object to giving sex therapy advice to gay couples, and registrar Lillian Ladele, who was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies".

    Cayman marriage officers be aware.