British Airways Religious Discrimination Case Ends [15th Jan 2013]
A woman who was told she could not wear her Christian cross while at work has been awarded 2,000 Euros by the European Court of Human Rights although others who had claimed the same thing have had their cases dismissed. Nadia Eweida who worked at a British Airways check-in was told that she could not wear her cross to work because it did not fit in with the corporate image the company was trying to display. This was despite the fact that the uniform could be altered to hide the cross. It was this point which set this case apart from the others which were also being looked at by the courts. In the other cases it was found that the removal of the cross was due to health and safety considerations and that disciplinary proceedings against the claimants was justified. The European Court was looking at cases which had already been heard in the UK and upheld three out of four decisions already made.
BA workers rights were infringed by cross ban - www.guardian.co.uk
Thank you Jesus: Christian British Airways employee tells of joy - www.dailymail.co.uk
A blind man who was tasered by a police officer who thought his white cane was a sword has confirmed he will be asking for compensation for the ordeal. Colin Farmer had already suffered a stroke prior to the incident which occurred in October last year. He initially thought he may be having another stroke during the taser attack. The police had received a call from a member of the public describing someone with a martial arts weapon in the Chorley area. The police came upon Mr Farmer and felt he was the person described. Another man was later arrested with a samurai sword and for being drunk and disorderly. Mr Farmer is asking for compensation for false imprisonment, assault and a breach of human rights. The case is being investigated by an Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Blind man seeks compensation for police taser mistake - www.independent.co.uk
Blind stroke victim hit by police taser launches compensation claim - metro.co.uk
It has emerged that around 50 victims of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile are to seek compensation from a number of organisations including the BBC and the NHS. The lawyer Liz Dux is representing the victims and has said that because of Jimmy Savile's death in 2011, a civil case was the only way these people could get justice., She points out that compensation may not be what they want, but it is the only recompense they can get now. However it has been suggested that there may be claims made against Savile's heirs in addition to the BBC and the NHS. The civil case will look into what was known within the organisations at the time although nothing will be done until the results of an inquiry are revealed. A report released this week has shown that it is now known that there could have been in excess of 214 victims of the entertainer.
Jimmy Savile's victims set to seek damages against BBC - www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Savile's sex abuse victims to seek compensation - www.itv.com
Research from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has indicated that just a third of those people questioned would feel comfortable investing their cash in a non-UK bank, even if it had high interest rates. This is remarkably different to the feeling prior to 2007 where it seemed that investors were happy to chase good interest rates regardless of the location of the bank. The survey was carried out as part of a campaign to make people aware of the compensation limits for savings in the UK. 75% of those questioned said that they were now more cautious about their money and that they would rather take a risk with their health than their finances. Mark Neale from the FSCS has commented that too few people are aware of the protections offered to UK bank account holders and that the limits have been increased to £85,000 per person - this is the pound equivalent of the 100,000 Euro limit offered across the EU. However it is pointed out that this limit applies to banking licences, not brands. Therefore it is important to be aware of which banks are linked.
UK consumers shy away from foreign banks - www.telegraph.co.uk
Few know bank compensation limits - money.aol.co.uk
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