Thus spake Nadia Eweida, the British Airways worker who in October 2006 sued the airline because they wouldn’t let her wear a necklace whilst on the job. The airline’s policy had been that any necklace worn had to be out of sight under the worker’s uniform. Ms Eweida’s necklace happened to be a cross so she claimed religious discrimination.
This is what I wrote about the case (as part of a slightly longer rant against people making empty claims of religious discrimination) when it first became news :
British Airways worker. Get over yourself. The issue is not religious. The issue is not your stupid little cross. According to British Airways, the policy is about jewellery in general. If you would like to wear a necklace with your airline worker’s uniform, you must keep it under the uniform. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cross, a star, a heart, a circle or the goddamned Hope diamond. And if you don’t like BA’s jewellery policy, go find yourself another job.
Yesterday an employment tribunal decided against Ms Eweida, which is an excellent thing.
British Airways has in the meantime changed its policy and workers are now allowed to display “symbols of faith”. What a gutless move on BA’s part. Either ban jewellery or don’t, but don’t play along with the religious freaks.
So Ms Eweida lost her case, but influenced BA to change its policy, which should have been enough to allow her to go home happy. But no, she wants to prolong her 15 minutes in the limelight and force some ill-conceived notion of religious discrimination down our throats. She has vowed to proceed with her case.
“It’s not over until God says it’s over.”
But God has said it’s over, honey. He has spoken through the employment tribunal. It’s just that you are not listening, are you? Typical fucking zealot.
Thank you, employment tribunal. That’s one point for reason so far in 2008.