Two Muslim women have gone to court because they say they have been discriminated against in the workplace, but the European Court of Justice has ruled that banning headscarves is not only discriminatory but helps prevent social and workplace conflicts, the V4NA News Agency reported.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has made it clear that it is not discriminatory to ban the use of a visible religious symbol in the workplace, including the wearing of a Muslim headscarf. On the contrary, the court reasoned that it contributes to the prevention of intra-company, and thus social, conflicts.
According to a press release issued by a Luxembourg-based court, a ban on wearing any visible expression of political, philosophical or religious belief in the workplace can be justified by the fact that the employer must be neutral with customers.
The court was approached by two Muslim women living in Germany because they were forbidden to wear headscarves at their workplace. They both work for companies under German law, one woman being an employee of a pharmacy and the other a nursery. According to a court statement, one of the women was asked by her employer to take off her headscarf because wearing it violates the political, philosophical, or religious neutrality of the workplace. The woman refused to do so, so the employer suspended her and gave her a warning. The other woman also refused to take off her headscarf at work, so her employer gave her a job that could have left the headscarf on while she was done, and then asked her to go to work the next day without wearing an exposed religious symbol.
The women did not agree with their employer and took the matter to court, but were disappointed that the case eventually went to the European Court of Justice, which ruled that banning the wearing of a visible religious symbol was non-discriminatory and applied to all religions, not just to the Muslim. The court added that an important role in the case was that the employer had proved that the lack of political neutrality would hinder the freedom of business due to the scope of the company’s activities and would have negative consequences for it, writes West France French regional newspaper.
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