Split ruling on discrimination against UK Christians
January 15th, 2013
05:39 AM ET

Split ruling on discrimination against UK Christians

By Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Allen Greene, CNN

London (CNN) - A British Christian woman suffered religious discrimination when British Airways told her not to wear a visible cross over her uniform, a top European court ruled Tuesday.

However, three other British Christians lost related religious discrimination claims at the European Court of Human Rights.

British Airways violated the article of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantees freedom of religion when it stopped employee Nadie Eweida wearing her cross openly, the court said.

Eweida said she experienced discrimination from 2006 to 2007, when she started wearing the cross visibly and was transferred to another job. The airline has since changed its policy on uniforms to allow employees to wear religious or charity symbols.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Courts • Discrimination • United Kingdom

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  1. Science

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  2. Banjo Ferret

    This displeases Tim the Destroyer of Worlds. This woman should have been fighting to wear a purple banjo playing ferret. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    January 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Saraswati

    I agree with allowing religious symbols to be worn in public spaces but as an employee this should be different. No personal opinions should be expressed to customers while on the job. If you can't hack that, stay out of the workforce. The European Convention on Human Rights has gone way to far in it's efforts to appease religious groups.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Since allowances have been made for the hijab, I suspect BA pretty much had to roll over.

      I get the impression that there was more to the flight attendant story than the 'facts' of the case.

      It has been accepted for a very long time that customer facing employees with uniform requirements – like airline employees: pilots, flight attendants and agents – often have a pretty strict dress code.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @GOP, I agree. And the problem was in granting those allowances in the first place.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I wonder what the woman in question would have thought of flight attendants' uniforms like the Alaskan Airlines 'Golden Samovar Service' from the industry's somewhat misogynistic past:


      January 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Or Hughes Airwest from the same vintage:


      January 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @GOP, How about the silly sandals that left the Singapore Airlines flight attendants with burned feet?

      January 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @GOP...yeah, not exactly what I want the people responsible for saving my life in a crash wearing...ah well.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      "the Singapore Airlines flight attendants with burned feet"

      I didn't hear about that one.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • Yeah but...

      If you're NOT wearing a religious symbol why is that not expressiong your personal opinion of atheism?

      January 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  4. I don't mind your cross

    I don't mind your cross. I don't care if you want to wear it right side up or upside down. I don't mind your star of David. I don't mind your Ohmkra. I don't mind your pentagram either direction it's pointing. I might be the only person on earth who feels this way but for the record, whatever you want to wear as jewelry..be my guest. I don't mind.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  5. End Religion

    is it discrimination if we only feed Christians to the lions?

    January 15, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • I don't mind your cross

      Most definately. Everyone should be fed to the lions in equal portions.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  6. Sane Person

    They shouldn't get special rights because of the stories they believe. If their employer doesn't want them to wear it, then they should take it off or quit. I could just as easily say I want to wear spaghetti on my head because of my Pastafarian beliefs, should my boss be expected to put up with that? Believing in nonsense doesn't give you special privelages.

    January 15, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      In Austria, it is permissible to have your driver's license photo taken when wearing "confessional" headgear.
      Mr. Niko Alm had his license photo taken while wearing his own religious haberdashery – a pasta strainer.
      The authorities required the pastafarian to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive, though other religious persons aren't required to do so.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:21 am |
    • Sane Person

      LOL. My point exactly.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Rynomite

      I have mixed feelings on this. I don't like giving corporations too much power over peoples lives, so I like them being made to treat people equally. Dress codes should be consistent and not pay any special attention to religious items.

      If a dress code allows charm necklaces to be worn, then there is no reason a cross or other religious symbol couldn't be worn just as easily as some other meaningless charm. This would be consistent.

      When workplaces say "no hats", but then allow muslims to wear their headgear, that is inconsistent.

      That headgear should be allowed only if I'm allowed to wear my redneck uniform (baseball cap). That is consistency.

      January 15, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Rick

      How about a swasticha? Voodoo doll? Pentagram? Lots of people would take offence to these, just like others take offence to the cross.

      January 15, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Saraswati

      @Rick, Exactly. There is nothing to prevent the wearing of a swastika under this logic.

      January 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  7. truth be told

    All so called atheists are liars all the time. Knowing this simple Truth will put their vicious comments in a proper perspective.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:54 am |
    • Bennett

      truth be told is a fine person and a good Christian. He is very smart.

      I am a so-called atheist.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:16 am |
    • Rynomite

      How does a "so called atheist" differ from just a plain ole atheist? I'm curious.

      January 15, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • K-switch

      Another so called atheist says, "truth be told would never molest little boys."

      January 15, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  8. Reality

    The court should have taken a modern approach to religion and declared it flawed belief in supernatural mumbo-jumbo noting that icons like the crucifix simply fixtures of stupidity but legally wearable because it represents nil in the modern world exerting no influence on rational thinkers.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:59 am |
  9. It is called

    All media channels have to get the message straight.
    Which one below is true ?
    Creation Adam and Eve/bible ?
    Human Evolution ?
    Clue below.
    A pebble and a cave....
    The Oldest Rock In The World Tells Us A Story ... larger rock, and when scientists checked, it turns out this little grain formed around 4.4 billion years ago. ... After all, this planet, geologists say, is only 4.5 or 4.6 billion years old.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:55 am |
  10. Rational Libertarian

    I was with these women before, but British Airways is a private company and if they don't want staff to wear a certain item of clothing or decoration, it should be their decision.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:12 am |
    • breathe deep

      The sad thing is, it was never about them wearing the decoration. They would easily be able to wear such things if they didn't have to show everybody they encountered just how righteous they were. But then they would be failing god.

      January 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • Good point, however

      Why would the corporation be more valuable than the individual?

      January 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • Saraswati

      @Good point, however

      Who was saying the corporation was more valuable than the individual?

      January 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm |
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