Companies can ban headscarves and religious attire at work – EU highest court verdicts

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On July 15, the European Union’s highest court ruled that companies in the EU can ban headscarves and other visible religious attire at work. The ruling reaffirms a 2017 ruling that allowed the banning of headscarves in the workplace for the sake of ‘neutrality.’ The most recent ruling was made after two Muslim women brought separate cases against two companies in Germany that suspended the women for wearing a hijab, a religious head covering worn by some Muslim women. The court said rules against the hijab were not inherently discriminatory, as long as they also applied to other forms of visible religious expression. In these recent cases, one of the women was a special needs caregiver who worked for a charity group, while the other was a drugstore cashier. On Thursday, the court said a workplace prohibition on “any visible form” of expressions of the political, philosophical, or religious variety could be justified if the employer had a reason to present a “neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes.

A workplace prohibition on “any visible form” of expressions of the political, philosophical, or religious variety could be justified if the employer had a reason to present a “neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes.

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