A nurse facing disciplinary action for wearing a cross necklace has accepted redeployment and instructed her lawyers to file a claim of discrimination.
Shirley Chaplin was asked to remove the cross by her employers at The Royal Devon and Exeter Trust, which deemed it a breach of uniform policy and a health risk to both the nurse and her patients.
Chaplin, 54, said she had worn the cross throughout her nursing career, according to The Press Association.
She said: “This blatant piece of political correctness amounts to the marginalising of employees’ personal human rights, and a blanket secularising of the NHS.”
Barrister Andrea Minichiello Williams of the Christian Legal Centre said that Chaplin had accepted redeployment under duress.