Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs as a result of discrimination against their beliefs are taking their cases to the European Court of Human Rights, BBC reports. They include an airline worker stopped from wearing a cross and a registrar who did not want to marry gay couples.
All four lost separate employment tribunals relating to their beliefs.
Secular critics have said any ruling in favour of the group could “seriously undermine” UK equality law.
A ruling is not expected from the European court for several weeks.
The cases involve British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida, nurse Shirley Chaplin, relationship counsellor Gary McFarlane and registrar Lilian Ladele:
- Ms Eweida, a Pentecostal Christian from Twickenham, south-west London, was sent home by her employer British Airways in 2006 after refusing to remove a necklace with a cross
- Devon-based nurse Mrs Chaplin was moved to a desk job by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital for similar reasons
- Mr McFarlane, a Bristol counsellor, was sacked by Relate after saying on a training course he might have had a conscientious objection to giving sex therapy advice to gay couples
- Miss Ladele was disciplined after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies in north London
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