(NEWS.com.au) — British Airways discriminated against a devoutly Christian airline employee by making her remove a crucifix at work, Europe’s highest court has ruled. But the court rejected discrimination cases by three other Christian claimants.

BA check-in clerk Nadia Eweida sparked a national debate in Britain over religion in public life when she was sent home in November 2006 for refusing to comply with rules banning employees from wearing visible religious symbols.

BA eventually changed its policy and Ms Eweida returned to work, but she pursued a claim of religious discrimination, seeking damages and compensation for lost wages.

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