Women are allowed to be sacked by employers for refusing to remove their hijabs, Europe’s highest court has ruled.
EU judges decreed that businesses can ban employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions if they need to do so to project an image of neutrality to customers.
They were asked to make a judgment on two German cases after two female employees – one a cashier and the other a support worker for children with special needs – were threatened with suspension for wearing the hijab.
“A prohibition on wearing any visible form of expression of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace may be justified by the employer’s need to present a neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes,” said the EU court.
Nope, no arguments from the left please. We are continually being told that we must – just must – obey international law on all things. This is international law, it’s international human rights law. So, we’ve got to obey it, right?
Interestingly, this also means that turbans, kippahs and so on are also potentially out…..