New Delhi, March 14: In its first ever decision on women wearing Islamic headscarves, the European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday that Employers may bar staff from wearing visible religious symbols at a work place.
As per the Reuters, the Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a joined judgment in two cases wherein 2 women in France and Belgium, were dismissed for refusing to remove headscarves.
“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.
The court’s ruling came on the eve of a Dutch election, where Muslim immigration is a key issue setting up attitude for migration and refugee policies across Europe.
“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,” said the court.