Headscarf decision from the European Court of Justice

Headscarf decision from the European Court of Justice

The Court of Justice, the highest court of the EU, located in Luxembourg, gave its verdict on two cases brought by Muslim women who were suspended from their jobs in Germany after they started wearing the headscarf.

“Prohibiting the wearing of any visible symbols of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace can be justified by the employer’s need to present a neutral image to customers or to prevent social conflict,” the court said in a statement.

In the statement, it was also stated that the reason in question should correspond to a real need for the employer, and it was stated that national courts could take into account the special conditions of the member states.

In another 2017 decision, the Court of Justice ruled that companies can prohibit employees from wearing headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain circumstances. The decision in question caused a great reaction.

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