European Court of Justice Reportedly Rules that Headscarves & Hijabs Can Be Banned at Workplaces Base on Internal Company Rules

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The use of “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves, or traditional hijab is now legally banned in workplaces as the European Court of Justice ruled that Employers are entitled to prohabit workers from wearing it. according to BBC

However, the ban must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to “dress neutrally,” and if it was only applied to Muslim members of staff, it could still constitute as “direct discrimination.” It also cannot be banned on behalf of a customer.

The ruling was prompted by the case of two women, one in Belgium identify as Samira Achbita and one in France identify as Bougnaoui, who were dismissed from work for refusing to remove their headscarves.

Samira Achbita, was a receptionist for Belgian security company G4S, lost her job after she began wearing a headscarf to work and refused to take it off, claiming she was being discriminated on the grounds of her religion. The second woman, Design engineer Asma Bougnaoui at consultancy company Micropole was dismissed after a customer complained about headscarf. Bougnaoui reportedly took her case to the Court of Cassation in France.

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