BA worker in legal bid over cross
Devout Christian Nadia Eweida is appealing against a ruling which cleared British Airways of discriminating against her by asking her to stop wearing a cross at work.
Miss Eweida, 58, from Twickenham, south-west London, wants the Court of Appeal in London to overturn a November 2008 decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal that she was not a victim of religious discrimination.
The tribunal was told she went home in September 2006 after failing to reach a compromise with managers over the visible display of the plain silver cross on a chain around her neck.
The following year, the airline changed its uniform policy and Miss Eweida, a Pentecostal Christian who works in customer services at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, returned to work.
But, she was unpaid during her absence and claims BA should admit its previous policy was unlawful and pay her around £120,000 in damages and lost wages.
She argues that, while Muslims and Sikhs were allowed to wear hijabs and religious kara bangles respectively, she as a Christian had been asked to remove her cross necklace or hide it from sight.
Miss Eweida, who is not eligible for legal aid, will be represented by lawyers instructed by human rights group Liberty at the hearing before Lord Justice Sedley, Lord Justice Carnwath and Lady Justice Smith on Tuesday.