London, England, Jan 7, 2022 / 06:00 am
A Catholic nurse was unfairly dismissed by a U.K. hospital trust for wearing a cross necklace, an employment tribunal ruled this week.
In a decision published on Jan. 5, the tribunal said that the trust’s treatment of Mary Onuoha was “directly discriminatory.”
The campaign group Christian Concern hailed the verdict as a “landmark ruling” strengthening the legal principle that employers cannot discriminate against employees for “reasonable manifestations” of faith in the workplace.
Onuoha was forced to leave her job as a National Health Service (NHS) theater practitioner at Croydon University Hospital in south London in June 2020 after a two-year battle with her employers over wearing the cross.