The Islamic Headscarf and Workplace Dress Code Policy

Posted in : Commercial Law for Employers on 12 April 2017
Kevin McVeigh
Elliott Duffy Garrett
Issues covered:

Key Issues: Equal treatment – indirect discrimination – female worker prohibited from wearing Islamic headscarf

Case: Samira Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV

Reference: Case C-157/15, CJEU (Grand Chamber), 14 March 2017

Legislation: Directive 2000/78/EC

G4S is a private undertaking which provides reception services for customers in both the public and private sectors. On 12 February 2003, Ms Achbita, a Muslim, started to work for G4S as a receptionist. She was employed by G4S under an employment contract of indefinite duration. There was, at that time, an unwritten rule within G4S that workers could not wear visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the

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Kevin McVeigh
Elliott Duffy Garrett

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