Workplace bans on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination, Europe’s top court has ruled.
But the ban must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to “dress neutrally”, said the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
It cannot be based on the wishes of a customer, it added.
This is the court’s first ruling on the wearing of headscarves at work.
The ECJ’s ruling was prompted by the case of a receptionist fired for wearing a headscarf to work at the security company G4S in Belgium.
The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comments
We need to gently and rationally pursue secularism. One thing legislators need to recognize is that headscarf is not a Muslim symbol. Mother Mary’s picture is always in Hijab in artist’s imagination and Catholic women were required to have a head covering before entering a church. See the pictures below: