, STRASBOURG, France, Jan 15 – A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over the wearing of a cross, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.
Nadia Eweida, a 60-year-old Christian, took the airline to the European court after British courts upheld BA’s decision to ban her from wearing a crucifix.
The Strasbourg-based court ruled that the British courts had given “too much weight” to BA’s desire to “project a certain corporate image” and her right to manifest her religious beliefs had been violated.
Eweida had worked since 1999 as a flight attendant for BA, whose uniform code stipulated that women must wear a high-necked shirt and a cravat, without any visible jewelry.
When the wearing of the cross provoked a dispute in 2006, she was offered an alternative job within the company, which she refused.
She eventually returned to work in February 2007 when BA’s policy was changed to permit the display of religious symbols, with the cross and the star of David permitted.