31 May 2016

Bosses can ban headscarves and crucifixes, EU judge says

Employers can ban workers from wearing headscarves, crucifixes and other religious clothing, the European Union’s top legal adviser said yesterday.

G4S, the security firm, did not breach EU anti-discrimination laws when it fired a Belgian Muslim receptionist who wanted to cover her head, it was argued.

Company dress codes that ban religious clothing are legal in the EU as long as they apply to all faiths and political views equally, it was said.

Juliane Kokott, the European Court of Justice’s advocate general, issued the opinion which gives a strong indication of how Europe’s top court will eventually rule. [The Telegraph] Read more