Mixed religious-freedom rulings at European Court of Human Rights
Catholic World News - January 15, 2013
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that British Airways violated the European Convention of Human Rights in telling an employee in 2006 that she could not wear a cross around her neck at work.
“Ms. [Nadia] Eweida's cross was discreet and cannot have detracted from her professional appearance,” the court ruled. “There was no evidence that the wearing of other, previously authorised, items of religious clothing, such as turbans and hijabs, by other employees had any negative impact on British Airways' brand or image.”
The court, however, ruled against Gary MacFarlane, a British marriage counselor who was fired after objecting on religious grounds to offering sex therapy to homosexuals and Lilian Ladele, a registrar who refused to perform same-sex civil partnership ceremonies.
“In each case the employer was pursuing a policy of nondiscrimination against service-users, and the right not to be discriminated against on grounds of sexual orientation was also protected under the Convention,” the court ruled.
Finally, the court ruled against Shirley Chaplin, a British nurse who was fired for wearing a cross at work, because hospital administrators had safety concerns.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!