European Court of Human Rights rules in favour of BA employee

15th Jan 2013
European Court of Human Rights rules in favour of BA employee

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work after being denied the right to visibly wear a cross.

Judges at the court ruled the rights of Nadia Eweida 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 the airline made her stop wearing a cross visibly.

Eweida has earlier lost an employment tribunal relating to her beliefs, subsequently making an application to the court.

Ms Eweida, 60, was banned from displaying her white gold cross at work and eventually asked to leave her job in 2006 after refusing to remove her cross.

An employment tribunal found she had not been subjected to religious discrimination but BA later altered its uniform code to allow symbols of faith, including crosses.


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