Headscarf/Religious Symbol Ban in Work Places by European Court of Justice

14 March 2017

After today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which allows employers to ban the wearing of visible religious symbols, such as headscarves and other religious signs, the Muslim Council of Britain issued this statement:

It is a sad day for justice and equality.  At a time when populism and bigotry are at an all-time high, we fear that this ruling will serve as a green light to those wishing to normalise discrimination against faith communities. Many will be worried that this action will prevent Muslim women who choose to wear the scarf from securing jobs. And it sends a message that we cannot accept a plural society that recognises and celebrates religious differences. This is a backward step which people of all faiths and none should speak out against.