EU Court: Companies Can Fire Women Who Wear Hijab at Work  

The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that businesses can fire or suspend women who wear headscarves who work directly with customers or if it causes workplace conflict, according to The Times.   

“A prohibition on wearing any visible form of expression of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace may be justified by the employer’s need to present a neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes,” the court said.  

The ruling stems from two cases filed by Muslim women in Germany suspended from work for wearing a hijab, The New York Times reported.   

The Luxemburg-based court added that an employer must justify firing or suspending a worker who wears a headscarf if there’s a “genuine need.”   

“In reconciling the rights and interests at issue, the national courts may take into account the specific context of their Member State and, in particular, more favorable national provisions on the protection of freedom of religion,” the court continued.   

People online blasted the EU’s decision, saying that it promoted Islamophobia and xenophobia.   

“My hijab isn’t making you uncomfortable, your racism and xenophobia is making you uncomfortable with my hijab,” LA Times reporter Johana Bhuiyan wrote.   

“Some Muslim majority nations force women to wear the Hijab. Some western nations force women to remove the Hijab. It’s almost as if the problem isn’t women or the Hijab— but pathetic, insecure men who can’t live without violently forcing themselves on women,” human rights attorney Qasim Rashid wrote.   

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