‘Victory for common sense,’ says Christian nurse unfairly fired for wearing crucifix.
A CHRISTIAN NHS nurse who claimed she was fired unfairly because she wore a crucifix to work has won her case.
Mary Onuoha, a theatre practitioner at Croydon University Hospital in Surrey, has been found guilty by an employment tribunal.
As a symbol of her religious belief, Ms Onuoha wore a necklace with a small cross pendant.
The Trust’s uniform policy, however, forbade the wearing of necklaces in clinical areas, claiming that it posed a health and safety risk.
In 2014, Ms Onuoha, who had been working at the hospital for 13 years, was told to take her necklace off.
She refused and refused again when the issue was raised in 2015 and 2016, according to the Guardian, because of her religious beliefs.
She was demoted to working as a receptionist after she continued to refuse, which she claimed humiliated her.
Ms. Onuoha resigned in 2020, citing constructive and unfair dismissal as a reason for her departure.
Under article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, she claimed the trust had violated her right to freedom of religion.
Under the 2010 Equality Act, the nurse claimed her treatment was religious discrimination, harassment, and victimization.
“My cross has been with me for 40 years,” Ms Onuoha explained.
According to the tribunal, a Christian nurse was wrongfully fired for wearing a crucifix.
A win for common sense.
“It’s a part of who I am and what I believe in, and it’s never hurt anyone.”
“There are employees at this hospital who go to a mosque four times a day and no one says anything to them.”
“In the theater, Hindus wear red bracelets on their wrists and female Muslims wear hijabs.
“However, my small cross around my neck was deemed so dangerous that I was no longer permitted to perform my duties.”
“I am a strong woman, but I was treated as a criminal.”
The trust allowed employees to wear other religious clothing, according to the tribunal’s decision on Wednesday.
“There was no proper explanation as to why those items were permitted but a cross-necklace was not,” the court concluded.
The outcome has been hailed as a “victory for common sense,” according to Andrew Pierce of the Daily Mail.
“A Christian nurse was unfairly dismissed from her job for wearing a crucifix, according to a tribunal,” he tweeted.
“Common sense has triumphed.”
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A Christian nurse hounded out of her job for wearing a crucifix was unfairly dismissed says tribunal. A victory for commonsense
— Andrew Pierce (@toryboypierce) January 6, 2022