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Nurse uniform policy: should religious jewellery be exempt?

A Christian nurse won her case for unfair dismissal over wearing a cross necklace at work. Readers consider if such items should be permitted, as are headscarves

A Christian nurse won her case for unfair dismissal over wearing a cross necklace at work. Readers consider if such items should be permitted, as are headscarves

A Christian nurse who claimed she was discriminated against for wearing a cross at work has recently won her case for unfair dismissal.

The trust where she worked had claimed the necklace was a safety risk and must not be outwardly visible, in accordance with its uniform policy.

Tribunal said uniform policy was ‘abitrary’

However, an employment tribunal has ruled Croydon Health Services NHS Trust discriminated against and harassed Mary Onuoha over her refusal to remove the jewellery. It found the employer’s uniform policy arbitrary.

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