Archive for April 26th, 2011

An electrician and former soldier faces the sack for displaying a small palm cross in the window of his company van.

As reported by The Telegraph, Colin Atkinson, 64, from Wakefield, has been called to a disciplinary hearing at the housing association where he has worked for 15 years.

His bosses at the publicly funded Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) have demanded he remove the eight inch long cross made from woven palm leaves that sits on the dashboard of his van.

A spokesperson for the Council said “We do not allow employees to display any personal representations in our vehicles, although they are free to do so upon their person.”

This is interesting in that it is a reminder of a case in 2010 when the English courts held that it was not unlawful discrimination for the employer (British Airways) to ban Nadia Eweida, a Christian employee from wearing a cross at work.

The Court of Appeal ruled that to establish indirect religious discrimination, an identifiable section of a workforce (quite possibly a small one but not a solitary individual) must be shown to suffer a particular disadvantage. Ms Eweida is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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