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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is British Airways. They get the award for the following.

LONDON (AFP) - British Airways has suspended a Christian woman who wears a necklace with a cross to work, even though it allows Muslims and Sikhs to wear headscarves and turbans.

Nadia Eweida, 55, told the Daily Mail Saturday, that she decided to sue her employer for religious discrimination after having been suspended without pay for three weeks.

"I will not hide my belief in the Lord Jesus. British Airways permits Muslims to wear a headscarf, Sikhs to wear a turban and other faiths religious apparel," Eweida said. "Only Christians are forbidden to express their faith."

Eweida, a British Airways employee for seven years, works at the BA check-in counter at London's Heathrow Airport.

In a statement, British Airways said: "The case is ongoing, and is still under investigation, and as such it would be inappropriate to discuss it in detail. An appeal is due to be heard next week.

"British Airways does recognize that uniformed employees may wish to wear jewelry including religious symbols. Our uniform policy states that these items can be worn underneath the uniform," it said.

"There is no ban. The rule applies for all jewelry and religious symbols on chains and is not specific to the Christian cross," it said. "Other religious items such as turbans, hijabs and bangles can be worn as it is not practical for staff to conceal them beneath their uniforms."

The Daily Mail said Eweida, whose father is an Egyptian Coptic Christian and whose mother is English, was ordered last month by a manager at Heathrow to remove her cross or hide it beneath a company cravat.

She then asked for permission to wear the chain but was refused.

According to the newspaper, BA customer service manager Caroline Girling told Eweida in a letter: "You have been sent home because you have failed to comply with a reasonable request.
No its not a reasonable request unless the rule is applied to everyone. It isn't by the airline. For being both selective and religiously intolerant, British Airways is today's Knucklehead of the day.

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