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RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION: ECJ sends out conflicting messages in headscarf ruling

07 April 2017  

A recent European decision does not give employers carte blanche to ban symbols of Islamic faith in the workplace, warns Paul Kelly

The topic of dress in the workplace is one that only occasionally makes the headlines. But, when it does, it generates controversy. Do you remember DWP v Thompson [2004], in which a male employee unsuccessfully tried to show that requiring men to wear ties at work was discriminatory? More recently there was the case of Nicola Thorpe, who was sent home from work because, in contravention of her employer’s dress code, she was not wearing high heels (see article on p08).

Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    C-157/15 Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV [2017] EUECJ, 14 March

    Begum v Pedagogy Auras UK Ltd [2014] UKEAT/0309/13/RN

    C-188/15 Bougnaoui v Micropole SA [2017] EUECJ, 14 March

    DWP v Thompson [2004] UKEAT/0254/03/MAA

    Eweida & ors v United Kingdom [2013] ECHR 37

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