Time: 1:56 p.m. CEST
European Court of Justice said that employers could ban employees to wear visible “political, philosophical or religious sign,” including headscarves. But, ECJ said the companies should use the ban on internal company rules for “dress neutrality,” and cannot be result of requests by customers. This is court’s first decision about Islamic headscarves. The Court decided after a Belgium’s court of cassation sent the case to the ECJ for further clarification. A receptionist Samira Achbita lost her job after she began wearing a headscarf to work.
This is not the first case addressing the issue at the ECJ as advocate general Sharpston said, “that a company policy requiring an employee to remove her Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients constitutes unlawful direct discrimination.” The Court decided upon the case of Asma Bougnaoui, a Muslim woman who worked as a design engineer by a consultancy company. She was dismissed by the company after she refused to remove a headscarf upon complaint from a client.