03 July 2016

Muslim law trainee wins case against the state of Bavaria after being banned from wearing a headscarf at work

A 25-year-old trainee lawyer took the German state of Bavaria to court, and won, after she was told she could not wear her hijab at work.

Aqilah Sandhu, reported to have been a star student at Augsburg University law faculty, began a traineeship with the Bavarian judicial system after completing her state law exams, but was told in a letter that she was not allowed to interrogate witnesses or appear in courtrooms while wearing her headscarf.

Ms Sanhu requested an explanation for the rule, and was told that religious clothing or symbols “can impair the trust in religious neutrality of the administration of justice”, reports in The Local say. [The Independent] Read more