European Court of Justice Rules Employers Can Ban Wearing of Religious Symbols

(Evangelical Focus) The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers are allowed to ban employees from wearing visible religious, political and philosophical symbols in the workplace.

The ban must be based on internal company rules, requiring all employees to “dress neutrally” and “it cannot be based on the wishes of a customer,” the ECJ explains.

“An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

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