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Rebel nurse sues over crucifix ban

A Christian nurse re-assigned to an office role after she refused to remove a necklace bearing a cross has brought her case before an employment tribunal.

Shirley Chaplin ( 54) said the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital, in England, was trying to prevent her from expressing religious beliefs.

In response to the controversy the trust said the policy was nothing to do with the crucifix specifically, but motivated by concerns about patients grabbing necklaces.

Mrs Chaplin's case for discrimination on religious grounds will begin today.

In February, British Airways worker Nadia Eweida (58) lost an appeal against a ruling which cleared the company of discrimination by stopping her wearing a cross visibly at work.