Monday, April 15, 2013

Equality quango's 'frivolous nonsense'

Three months ago judges at the European Court of Human Rights decided British Airways check-in clerk Nadia Eweida had suffered discrimination at work because she was told she could not wear a cross.

Following the decision, the Fquality and Human Rights Commission now says druids, vegans and green activists should also be given special treatment at work.

In written guidance to employers, it says employers should consider excusing ecologists from duties that increase CO2 emissions, and consider giving time off to druids wishing to go on pilgrimages, such as to Stonehenge for the summer solstice.

A vegetarian kitchen worker's sincere request to be excused from cleaning out the fridge if it contains meat should be granted, providing other staff can carry out the task.

It insists Christian rights in the workplace are strictly limited. A magistrate asking to be excused from handling cases involving the upbringing of children by homosexual couples should be refused, as the right of homosexual couples trump her beliefs.

MP Brian Binley said the economy could not afford such "frivolous nonsense." Dominic Raab MP, a former international lawyer, said "This is a recipe for every crank and crazy to take their boss for a ride. The EHRC has become an expensive taxpayer-funded laughing stock."

An EHRC spokesman said "The Commission does not make the law on what is or isn't a legitimate religion or belief. This is set by Parliament. The Commission's role is to provide free, expert advice to employers helping them understand and deal with what can be complex iasues, and helping them avoid potentially costly legal action."