Achbita and anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV [2017]

  • Case Reference
    Case C-157/15
  • Legal Body
    Court of Justice EU (CJEU/ECJ)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality, Policies and Procedures
Issues covered: Religious Symbols in the workplace; Internal dress code policy; Direct and indirect discrimination

EU Head Scarf Ruling - Thin Veil of Protection for Employers Who Ban Religious Symbols in the Workplace

In the first case of its kind, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employers can ban employees from wearing visible political, philosophical or religious symbols while at work.  The ECJ held that an employer can prohibit an employee from wearing a religious head scarf if to do so is in breach of the employer's dress code, provided such dress code applies equally to all employees.

This case involved an employee, Ms Samira Achbita, who worked as a receptionist for G4S

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This article is correct at 20/03/2017
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