Court Rules Employers Can Ban Staff From Wearing Religious Symbols

The European Court of Justice has ruled employers will be able to ban staff from wearing religious symbols at work.

It found that there is “no direct discrimination” if an internal company rule prohibits the wearing of such symbols.

The case was taken by a Muslim receptionist employed by security firm, G4S.


She says she was dismissed from her job in June 2006, because of her insistence on wearing the Islamic headscarf.

But the court says the rule treats all employees the same way – and does not constitute difference based on religion or belief.