– Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights group Liberty
Today's judgment is an excellent result for equal treatment, religious freedom and common sense. Nadia Eweida wasn't hurting anyone and was perfectly capable of doing her job whilst wearing a small cross. She had just as much a right to express her faith as a Sikh man in a turban or a Muslim woman with a headscarf.
British courts lost their way in her case and Strasbourg has actually acted more in keeping with our traditions of tolerance. However the Court was also right to uphold judgments in other cases that employers can expect staff not to discriminate in the discharge of duties at work.
A Christian British Airways worker has won her religious discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights for not being able to wear a crucifx at work. Three other Christians had their claims rejected by judges in Strasbourg.