A Christian nurse facing disciplinary action for refusing to remove her cross necklace has accepted an offer of redeployment ‘under duress’ and instructed lawyers to file for discrimination.
Shirley Chaplin was called before bosses at the Royal Devon & Exeter Trust after declining to take off the jewellery when asked at work.
A spokesman for the trust said the item was in breach of both health and safety legislation and the hospital’s uniform policy, but Mrs Chaplin, who has worn the cross since starting as a nurse 30 years ago, claimed she was being persecuted because of her Christian beliefs.
‘This blatant piece of political correctness amounts to the marginalising of employees’ personal human rights, a blanket secularising and neutralising of the NHS intended to stop Christians from expressing their faith in the public services of the NHS,’ she said.
Solicitors from the Christian Legal Centre, acting on Mrs Chaplin’s behalf, said she was told on Monday that she must accept redeployment to a non-nursing role or face the sack.
The Royal Devon & Exeter Trust did not comment on the claim.