Europe’s top court has decided that businesses can prohibit staff from wearing a headscarf.

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Europe’s top court has decided that businesses can prohibit staff from wearing a headscarf.

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday on a case concerning two Muslim ladies who were let go for declining to remove their headscarves.

The court said organizations ought to have the capacity to ban the wearing of any visible political, philosophical or religious signs.

This ban on head scarfs is said to not constitute direct discrimination, as long as a general ban on other symbols was in place, it said.

The court ruled that that companies may have a legitimate right to want to appear neutral in front of their customers, and could therefore ask their staff to dress neutrally.

When it comes to customers though, they cannot be told to remove their headscarf.

CCIF, a French organization that campaigns against Islamophobia, said the court’s decision “condemns Muslim women to an economical and social death.”

“This decision is not based on a logic of promoting fundamental rights, but rather on the tensions running through certain parts of European societies,” it said in a statement.

 

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