Banning the Wearing of Religious Emblems in the Workplace

Posted in : Commercial Law for Employers on 13 October 2021
Kevin McVeigh
Elliott Duffy Garrett
Issues covered: Discrimination and equality; Wearing of religious emblems; Policies and procedures.

Key Issues: Social Policy – Equal Treatment – Religion - Preliminary Ruling

Case: IX v WABE eV

Reference: Case C-804/18, CJEU (Grand Chamber), 15 July 2021

Legislation: Directive 2007/78/EEC


WABE runs a large number of child day care centres in Germany, in which more than 600 employees work and which cares for approximately 3,500 children. It is non-partisan and non-denominational.

WABE follows and wholly endorses the recommendations of the City of Hamburg (Germany) for the education of children in day care facilities, published in March 2012 by the Office for Employment, Social Affairs, Family and Integration of the City of Hamburg. Those recommendations state, inter alia,

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Kevin McVeigh
Elliott Duffy Garrett

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