07 April 2010 #Employment
A Christian nurse, who was moved to a desk job after refusing to remove her crucifix while at work, has lost her discrimination claim.
The Devon based nurse argued that the ban on her wearing her crucifix prevented her from expressing her religious beliefs. However, the tribunal held that her employer, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals NHS Trust had acted in a "reasonable manner". In the tribunal`s view, the damage suffered by the claimant was only "slight".
This case serves as a reminder that tribunals appear to be willing to uphold dress codes, even if these do impact on the ability to wear religious symbols, provided that the employer has acted fairly and can explain the need for the policy.