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Christian factory worker fired for wearing cross necklace awarded $26K


A Christian factory worker in Scotland who was fired after he told his line manager that he wouldn't take off his crucifix necklace as it had a “deep and profound meaning” for him, has won more than $26,000 in a religious discrimination suit.


Jevgenijs Kovalkovs, a quality inspector, was fired by his employer, 2 Sisters Food Group Limited in Coupar Angus, for wearing a silver necklace that had been sanctified during a baptism ceremony for his godchild, according to The Telegraph.

Kovalkovs, a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, “had lost a job as a result of the discrimination toward him,” Employment Judge Louise Cowen at the tribunal in Dundee was quoted as saying. “His religion and the wearing of his necklace were of deep and profound meaning to him.”

The Christian man joined the chicken wholesalers in November 2019 and was promoted to the role of quality inspector, The U.K. Times reported, adding that he wore a white coat over his clothes at work while his colleagues wore lanyards, identity passes and keys around their necks.

The court ruled it was a violation of her rights as per article nine of the European Convention on Human Rights, The Telegraph reported at the time.


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