British Airways worker suing employer for second time
An employee of the airline British Airways (BA) who won a landmark legal battle to wear a cross at work is now set to launch fresh legal action against the firm.
Nadia Eweida won a claim of religious discrimination against BA after being sent home and placed on unpaid leave for refusing to remove a silver crucifix from around her neck which went against a new employee clothing policy.
The case was initially rejected by the British courts, but she was later successful in the European Court of Human Rights.
She is now going back to court to take on BA again, accusing her bosses of victimising her as punishment for starting up the highly publicised case. The airport check-in worker, who still works for the airline, alleges that the publicity singled her out for mistreatment.
The 67-year-old accuses airline managers of victimising, harassing and punishing her for whistle-blowing, and treating her rudely and harshly.
One alleged example was an incident in March 2017 when Ms. Eweida requested a break after experiencing strain on her eyes in the wake of an operation. She was instead told to cover a flight gate and given a written warning by management when she refused to do so.
Ms. Eweida said: “It is victimisation over the years as a result of the cross-case – they have never forgiven me and they never let it go. I want my day in court. For me, it’s for my self-respect.
“It is my heartfelt wish that a positive outcome for this case will set a precedent ensuring the protection of others in the workplace.”
She hopes to win compensation, a declaration, and recommendations from her claim which is due before Watford Tribunal Hearing Centre on October 26th for a preliminary hearing.