ECHR decision in religious discrimination cases

15 Jan 2013

BA’s ban on wearing crosses was discriminatory, rules the European Court of Human Rights.

The ECHR has today published its long-awaited Judgment in the four cases concerned with religious discrimination in the workplace. Possibly the best known of the four cases was that of Ms Eweida, a British Airways employee who brought a Tribunal claim after she was banned from wearing a necklace with a cross at work.  The ECHR held, by a vote of 5 to 2, that Ms Eweida’s right of freedom of religion had been infringed by British Airways.

The other three cases, including that of Ms Ladele, a Registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies between homosexuals, were all found not to have been discriminatory.