05 October 2007
Worker sacked for wearing stud wins back job
A Hindu woman who was sacked from her job at Heathrow has been reinstated in her position.
Amrit Lalji, who had worked in the VIP lounge in Terminal One for over a year, was dismissed for wearing a nose stud.
She maintained that the stud was part of her religion and, backed by the GMB union, she has won her case to be allowed to return to her position.
A spokesperson for Ms Lalji's employers Eurest stated: "In the course of [our] research we have found that the rules relating to facial piercings are mandatory only in catering operations … her dismissal resulted from a misunderstanding of the rules and is therefore unjustified."
Speaking for the GMB, Tahir Bhatti said that it welcomes Eurest's decision and is pleased to have been able to assist Ms Lalji.
The GMB is a campaigning trade union and has almost 600,000 members across the UK.