Bougnaoui and anor v Micropole SA [2016] (AG's Opinion)

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    CJEU C‑188/15
  • Legal Body
    Court of Justice EU (CJEU/ECJ)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination, Policies and Procedures
Issues covered: Equal Treatment Framework Directive; Wearing of Visible Religious; Political or Philosophical Symbols; Banning Headscarves from Workplace

To what extent does the prohibition of discrimination based on religion or belief under EU law, and in particular under Directive 2000/78, (2) render unlawful the dismissal of an employee who is a practising Muslim on the ground that she refuses to comply with an instruction from her employer (a private-sector undertaking) that she is not to wear a veil or headscarf when in contact with the customers of the business?

That question was put the CJEU in the second case in a month relating to the ban on religious symbols, particularly Muslim-related head wear, in the workplace. Ms Asma Bougnaoui was employed as a design engineer by Micropole SA. Prior to working for that company as an employee,

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This article is correct at 15/07/2016

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