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EU top court: Employers banning religious signs at work is not discrimination

CJEU rules on dispute between Muslim woman and Belgian company over headscarf policy

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Thursday that internal legislation by an employer prohibiting the visible wearing of all religious, philosophical or spiritual signs at work does not constitute direct discrimination.

  • Tristan Fiedler
  • Politico

The background to the ruling was a legal dispute ongoing since 2018 in front of Belgian courts between a Muslim woman and SCRL, a company which manages social housing.

The woman indicated during a job interview that she would not remove her Islamic headscarf during work in order to comply with the…

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