Achbita and anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV [2017]

Posted in : LK Shields on Employment Law on 20 March 2017
Ciara O'Kennedy
LK Shields
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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 Security Company who began wearing a head scarf to work.  The Company had at that time implemented

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