Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Christian midwife sues hospital for requiring her to wear trousers

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An artist's impression of the
trousers not worn by Hannah Adewole
The seemingly never-ending run of legal cases involving Christians alleging persecution in the UK appears to have descended to a new level of absurdity, as a midwife sues a hospital for requiring her to wear trousers in surgery. Her justification? Deuteronomy 22:5, which states:
"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God."
Hannah Adewole, who works at Queen's Hospital in Romford, is suing Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for religious discrimination and harassment after she was ejected from an operating theatre in March 2009 for wearing a dress instead of the required scrub trousers. At her tribunal, which is ongoing, Adewole said she had been told at her interview that she would be able to wear skirts instead of trousers, thereby enabling her to fulfil "a mandatory requirement in order to adhere to the scriptures". She said she "was traumatised by the intolerance towards my religious needs" and said:

"I consider that the failure to meet my religious needs as respects the scrub dress and the hostile reaction to me when I raised this issue constitutes unlawful direct religious discrimination against me for being a Christian."

This, surely, has to be the most obscure "Christian discrimination" case to emerge so far. If bizarre and obscure verses from the Old Testament are grounds for suing your employer, perhaps this run of cases really will never end.

Update: Some readers, both in the comments and on Twitter and Facebook, have been suggesting other Deuteronomy-based reasons to sue your employer. There are worse ways to spend a Tuesday afternoon - fire away.
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