A bus company is attempting to accommodate the religious views of an employee who refused to drive vehicles displaying atheist advertising.
A Christian bus driver Ron Heather, from Southampton, Hampshire, has refused to drive a bus with an atheist slogan proclaiming “There’s probably no God”. He responded with “shock” and “horror” at the message and walked out of his shift on Saturday in protest.
His employer, First Bus, said it would do everything in its power to ensure Heather does not have to drive the buses.
When he returned to work last Monday, he was called into a meeting with managers and agreed to go back to work with the promise he would only have to drive the buses if there were no others available.
Audrey Williams, head of discrimination law at Eversheds, said: “The employer has been pragmatic and accommodating in its approach.”
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What Kwintessential says:
Religion in the workplace is of great importance today, especially in the UK with the passing of The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. This story portrays nicely a case where the employer used common sense to bring about a positive outcome for the employee.