16 January 2013
A British Airways employee who claimed she suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs has won her case at the European Court of Human Rights.
Judges ruled Nadia Eweida's rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, awarding her 2,000 Euros in compensation and another 30,000 in costs.
Ms Eweida, 60, a Coptic Christian from Twickenham in south-west London, was asked to leave her job in 2006 after BA asked her to stop wearing her white gold cross visibly and she refused to remove it.
She then took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after an employment tribunal found she had not been subjected to religious discrimination.
As the case was brought against the Government, it will have to pick up the costs and compensation awarded today.
English judges must now take this decision into consideration in future cases.
BA had said the cross was in breach of company uniform codes but later altered its uniform code to allow symbols of faith, including crosses.
A spokesman for British Airways said: "The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a claim against the UK Government for a failure to protect European Convention rights.
"British Airways was not a party to this legal action. It was pursued against the UK government.
"Our own uniform policy was changed in 2007 to allow Miss Eweida and others to wear symbols of faith and she and other employees have been working under these arrangements for the last six years.
"Miss Eweida has worked continuously for British Airways for 13 years."