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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

More cross words

A Christian nurse from Exeter, UK, who’s been facing disciplinary action for insisting on wearing a necklace with a cross on it, has, under duress, accepted an offer of redeployment and has instructed lawyers to file an action at the Employment Tribunal for discrimination.

We covered the story yesterday, concluding that ornamental jewellery is OK provided it doesn’t get in the way of health and safety.

I went as far as to say that’s OK even if it’s religious, since only the coldest-hearted of us find no comfort in any object, for whatever reason.

But health-and-safety rules are there for all, and they were behind the ruling of the health trust that employs Shirley Chaplin in Exeter.

And that should go for the Muslim staff members who, according to Chaplin, are allowed to wear scarves because they perceive this garment as part of their religion.

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