EU's Top Court: Employers May Ban Islamic Headscarves


The Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU's highest court, has ruled that private sector employers within the 27-member bloc are legally entitled to prohibit their employees from wearing Islamic headscarves at the workplace.

The significance of the ECJ's decision on the headscarf - arguably the most visible symbol of political Islam in Europe - cannot be overstated: by striking a balance between religious liberty and entrepreneurial freedom, the court has effectively blocked a back-door effort to enshrine Sharia law in European labor law.

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