Hindu Sacked Over Nose Stud Wins Back Job

October 5, 2007

Author: Jonathan Petre

Source: The Telegraph


A Hindu woman sacked from her job at Heathrow last month for wearing a nose stud as a religious symbol has been reinstated.

Amrit Lalji, 40, had worked in the VIP lounge of Terminal One for more than a year before she was fired for wearing the tiny stud.

But yesterday her union said that she would resume work at the airport on Sunday.

The speed with which she has won back her job contrasts with the four-month suspension suffered by another Heathrow worker, Nadia Eweida, for wearing a Christian cross.

Mrs Lalji's employers, Eurest, said yesterday her sacking had been a mistake based on a misinterpretation of its own regulations.

She was instructed by a British Airways manager in the summer to remove the nose pin, even though she had told her employers that it had religious significance and signified her married status.