European justice judges that the ban on the veil at work is not discriminatory


The Luxembourg Court was seized by two Muslim women who live in Germany. They challenged before the European courts the ban on wearing the Islamic veil in their workplace.

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The decision will make people talk. Prohibiting the wearing of the Islamic veil in the workplace is not discriminatory and can on the contrary make it possible to avoid social conflicts, said the Court of Justice of the European Union on Thursday (July 15th). “The ban on wearing any visible expression of political, philosophical or religious convictions may be justified by the need for the employer to project an image of neutrality with regard to customers or to avoid social conflicts”, said the Court in a press release.

The Luxembourg Court was seized by two Muslim women living in Germany, one employee of a pharmacy, the other as a nursery nurse. They challenged before the European courts the ban on wearing the Islamic veil in their workplace. The CJEU ruled in a judgment that banning the wearing of a visible religious symbol was not discriminatory, since it applies to all religions, and that it could make it possible to avoid conflicts within a company. .

The employer must however prove, according to the Court, that it is a “real need” and that without this ban, the neutrality of the company would be called into question.“It is particularly important that the employer has demonstrated that in the absence of such a policy of neutrality, his freedom to conduct business would be hampered because he would suffer negative consequences due to the nature of his activities or the environment in which they are carried out “, writes the Court.



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