Religion Professor Under Cancer Therapy Suffers Discrimination

Country: Spain

Date of incident: October 18, 2008

Francisco Javier Romero, a religion professor in Sevilla on sick leave because of cancer treatment, claimed discrimination with regard to finding a substitute teacher by a more difficult procedure. When he asked why he was given a different treatment respect to other professors on sick leave, he was told "because you are a Catholic Religion teacher".

Mr. Romero addressed a letter to the Ombudsman, Enrique Múgica, and claimed discrimination on religious grounds.