A surprising move from the notoriously sharia-compliant EU.
But I suspect employers will be afraid to impose such a ban for fear of reprisals. It will be the Christians and Jews who will suffer. We have already seen employees fired for wearing the cross in the UK.
Let’s see what happens.
Bosses can ban workers from wearing Islamic headscarves or other religious symbols, EU’s top court rules
Employers are entitled to ban workers from wearing headscarves, EU court says
Court’s first decision on issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work
By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline, 14 March 2017:
Bosses can ban workers from wearing headscarves, the top European Union’s court has ruled.
It is the court’s first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work.
On the eve of the Dutch election where Muslim immigration has been a major theme, the Court of Justice gave a joined judgement in the cases of two women, in France and Belgium.
Employers are entitled to ban workers from the ‘visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign’, including headscarves
The Belgian woman had been working as a receptionist for G4S Secure Solutions, which has a general ban on wearing visible religious or political symbols, while the French claimant is an IT consultant who was told to remove her headscarf when a client complained.
In a statement, the Court said: ‘An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,’ the Court said in a statement.
‘However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer’s services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.’