EU companies can ban employees wearing headscarves, court rules, Jennifer Rankin, Guardian, 2021-07-15.
Private employers in the EU can ban people from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality, the bloc’s highest court has ruled.
Companies can ban headscarves provided such a prohibition is part of a policy against all religious and political symbols, the court said on Thursday, reaffirming a 2017 ruling. The latest judgment went further by examining the grounds employers can use when making such prohibitions.
The ban on religious and political symbols can be justified by the “employer’s desire to pursue a policy of political, philosophical and religious neutrality with regard to its customers or users, in order to take account of their legitimate wishes”, the court said in a statement.
An excellent decision! The Court of Justice of the European Union would approve of Quebec’s Bill 21 (Loi sur la laïcité de l’État), as it is not discriminatory either.