Electrician’s palm cross row

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AN electrician is facing the sack after he put a small palm cross on the dashboard of his van.

Former soldier Colin Atkinson claims he was told to remove the religious symbol, by his employers Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), because it could offend tenants or suggest the organisation is Christian.

But the 64-year-old grandfather refused to take it down and he has been summoned to attend a full gross misconduct hearing next month, which could result in dismissal.

A spokesman for the housing association said: “WDH is extremely disappointed and surprised with the misrepresentation of this issue and it has been publicly acknowledged that the organisation has been subject to unfair and unjustified media criticism.

“It is not about religion – it’s simply about employees not displaying personal items in company vehicles which is fully in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

“WDH allows its employees to display, within the spirit of the Equality Act, religious artefacts and other personal possessions on their desks and their person.

“WDH feel it is it inappropriate to comment further about individual actions at this stage.”