Four British Christians who claim they lost their jobs as a result of their beliefs are taking their claims the European Court of Human Rights.
A check-in clerk, a nurse, a registrar and a relationship counsellor all lost their own employment tribunals previously. Where they all claimed they had been unfairly treated as a result of their religious beliefs. Ms. Eweida, Mrs Chaplin, Ms Ladele and Mr McFarlane where all backed earlier this year by the Equality and Human Rights Commission which said judges had interpreted equality laws “too narrowly” in religious claims.
The crux of all these claims and what is argued by employment solicitors is that all of the claims, which included not being allowed to wear a cross at work and refusal to offer relationship advice and a civil ceremony to same sex couples, could have been upheld without affecting anyone else including those involved and those being denied a service.
The National Secular Society, who campaigns against ‘religious privilege’ has said any ruling in favour of these claimants would result in the undermining of the UK equality laws and they believe it will be a bad outcome for employers and homosexuals.
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