Legal News

European Court of Human Rights Rules British Airways Discriminated Against Employee
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

A top court in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, ruled that religious freedom is a right, but not an absolute right, according to The Associated Press. The court ruled that British Airways discriminated against a Christian employee when they forced her to take off her crucifix. The court also ruled in favor of a charity from the United Kingdom that fired a marriage counselor who would not provide sex therapy to gay couples.

According to the court, freedom of religion is, “an essential part of the identity of believers and one of the foundations of pluralistic, democratic societies. However, where an individual’s religious observance impinges on the rights of others, some restrictions can be made.”

  
What
Where


The judges of the court backed a claim by British Airways employee Nadia Eweida by a vote of five-to-two. Eweida was sent home by her employer in November of 2006 for not taking off her crucifix to comply with the company’s rules that ban employees from wearing visible religious items. The company wound up changing its policy and Eweida returned to her job. She still filed a claim of religious discrimination, asking for lost wages and damages.

The British courts backed British Airways, but Eweida took the case to the European Court of Human Rights. The court ruled that the airline’s policy “amounted to an interference with her right to manifest her religion.” Even though the company had the right to “project a certain corporate image … Ms. Eweida’s cross was discreet and cannot have detracted from her professional appearance.”

Eweida said the following about the verdict, “I was jumping for joy and saying ‘Thank you, Jesus. It’s a vindication that Christians have a right to express their faith on par with other colleagues at work visibly and not be ashamed of their faith,” she said.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




British Airways noted that it changed its religious symbols policy in 2007 and was not involved in the legal action of Eweida. The company said the action was taken against the British government.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted the following after the ruling from the court, “I am delighted that principle of wearing religious symbols at work has been upheld.”



The court also issued a ruling against Shirley Chaplin, a nurse told to remove a crucifix while at work. The judges noted that her employer banned necklaces for health and on the grounds of safety. The judges ruled that the company asking her to remove the necklace was not excessive.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-SC-Columbia

Columbia office is seeking a commercial litigation attorney with 2-4 years of experience.

Apply Now

Attorney with 3-7 years of commercial/complex litigation experience

USA-CA-Cerritos

Cerritos office of our client seeks attorney with 3-7 years of commercial and complex litigation exp...

Apply Now

Insurance Coverage Associate Attorney

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks associate attorney with insurance coverage experience. The candid...

Apply Now

Senior Environmental Law Attorney

USA-CA-Oakland

Senior Litigation Associate Attorney The candidate will have participation in settlement conferenc...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal- Disbursal Manager

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious Personal Injury Law Firm seeks Disbursal Manager Qualified individuals need to have p...

Apply now

Legal- Disbursal Manager

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious Personal Injury Law Firm seeks Disbursal Manager Qualified individuals need to have p...

Apply now

Litigation Associate

USA-LA-Shreveport

A well-established AV rated defense firm seeking an experienced associate with 1-5 yrs experien...

Apply now

Associate - Mid-Level - GL Group

USA-NY-Valhalla

Defense firm seeking mid-level associate for Westchester office to fill General Liability position. ...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top