The Right Might Wish They Voted Remain With The EU's Ridiculous Ruling on Hijabs!
Thursday 16th March 2017 | Parmis
Recent years have seen a rise of discrimination against religious clothing on both the streets as well as governmental law as seen with Austria and Bavaria recently placing bans on full-face veils in public. So where must the line be drawn?
Samira Achbita was fired in June 2006 when she began wearing a headscarf to work at G4S, a security company in Belgium.
Taking her case to the court, the ECJ recently made a ruling that allows for workplace bans on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign;” arguing it is within the company and employer’s legal right to demand their employees “dress neutrally.”
But since when has an employer deserved the legal right to infringe upon an individual’s human right to wear whatever they want?
Despite the ECJ promising that this was not a headscarf ban – how could it be anything different? As an
employed person, you undertake the position knowing that you must present yourself in a professional and suitable manner. But should the lack of freedom not end there?
In “an employer’s desire to project an image of neturality,” we have seen many taking to cover up their tattoos with clothing and make up, many take out their piercings before they enter work and think twice before dying their hair to an eye-catching colour.
But the difference between these personal choices and a religious item of clothing, is that for that religious persons – these items are not a choice.
No sense of uniformity and ‘employer’s legal right’ should be above the respect given to a fellow employee’s religious freedoms.