Tuesday, March 14, 2017

EU Court Lets Companies Ban Religious Garb; Firms Banning Rel. Attire Not Discriminating

The supreme court of the European Union (EU) ruled today (March 14, 2017) that companies can ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols -- such as the Islamic headscarf --- according to the Times of Israel website.

The European Court of Justice said it does not constitute "direct discrimination" if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of "any political, philosophical, or religious sign."

The wearing of religious symbols -- especially Islamic symbols such as the headscarf -- has become a controversial issue with the rise of populist sentiment across Europe, with some countries such as Austria considering a complete ban on the full-face veil in public.

While today's ruling only related to Islamic headscarfs specifically, it most likely covers Jewish religious garb as well, such as skullcaps.

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