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Kruisje aan ketting kan niet bij British Airways
British Airways (BA) heeft een christelijke Egyptische baliemedewerkster naar huis gestuurd omdat ze weigerde een halsketting met een kruisje af te doen of weg te stoppen achter een sjaaltje.
BA bevestigde dat de medewerkster, Nadia Eweida, met onbetaald verlof is gestuurd. De vrouw overweegt haar werkgever voor de rechter te dagen wegens discriminatie op grond van geloof, omdat sikhs en moslims wel tulbanden en hoofddoeken mogen dragen.
BA zei in een verklaring dat werknemers volgens de kledingvoorschriften sieraden, waaronder ook religieuze symbolen worden verstaan, onder hun uniform dienen te dragen. Deze regel geldt voor alle sieraden en symbolen aan kettingen en niet alleen voor kruisbeeldjes. Tulbanden en hoofddoeken mogen wel zichtbaar worden gedragen omdat ze niet onder het uniform kunnen worden weggestopt, zegt BA
Woman plans legal action against BA over cros
15-10-2006 - dt - telegraph
Miss Eweida, 55, who has been with BA for seven years, plans to sue her employer - who she considered to be "a very reputable company" - for religious discrimination.
She said she had just undergone training on respecting and understanding other people's beliefs with BA when she was asked to remove the cross. She said she sought permission to wear it from management, but this was not forthcoming.
Following a meeting with her managers in September, she was told in a letter: "You have been sent home because you have failed to comply with a reasonable request.
"You were asked to cover up or remove your cross and chain which you refused to do.
"British Airways uniform standards stipulate that adornments of any kind are not to be worn with the uniform."
Miss Eweida, from Twickenham, West London, said she wears the cross because of her deeply-held religious beliefs.
She said: "I belong to Jesus - one body, one spirit, one baptism."
Miss Eweida is from an Egyptian background and attends Pentecostal as well as Arabic churches.
She said she has been wearing the cross "on and off" for the time she has worked at BA. "I was forced to take unpaid leave because I have refused to remove my cross or put it under my cravat," she said.
"A cross is a cross, when you explain the reason is your belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. That's the end of it.
"Muslims wear their hijabs and all the bishops wear very big crosses."
A BA spokeswoman emphasised today that Miss Eweida has not been suspended from work, but chose to take unpaid leave.
She said the rules applied to jewellery in general and were not specific to the cross.
She said the matter remained under investigation and an appeal was due to be heard next week, but she could not confirm exactly when.
She added: "British Airways does recognise that uniformed employees may wish to wear jewellery including religious symbols.
"Our uniform policy states that these items can be worn, underneath the uniform. There is no ban.
"This rule applies for all jewellery and religious symbols on chains and is not specific to the Christian cross.
"Other items such as turbans, hijabs and bangles can be worn as it is not practical for staff to conceal them beneath their uniforms."
Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has backed Miss Eweida, who is one of his constituents.
Mr Cable said she approached him around a month ago - but the airline's response to the issue had been "bureaucratic nonsense".
Tory MP Ann Widdecombe told Sky News that there was a commercial "comeback" with BA.
She urged people to be alert to everything which says Christians may not practise their beliefs. She said: "We do have a comeback when we're dealing with commercial companies like BA because we do not have to deal with them.
"We are supposed to live in a free country."
She added that everyone should be able to practise their beliefs.
She said that while a Muslim could wear a headscarf or a Sikh could wear a turban, "Christians have to stick their crucifixes behind their BA blouses".
Miss Widdecombe said the situation was "absolutely crazy".
Speaking generally, she added that it was those of the Christian faith who were "suffering" and they should "resist".
She said it was Christians who were not allowed to demonstrate faith, give their views, or wear their emblems.
"It's we who are being persecuted," she said.
Asked what she felt about Commons Leader Jack Straw's stance over veils, she said that he had "never suggested compulsion", whereas BA was "compelling".
The TGWU is supporting Miss Eweida's case.