German law allowing ban on religious symbols in workplace confirmed by ECJ
The EU's European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that employers are allowed to ban visible religious symbols from their businesses, i.e. they are allowed to forbid their employees to wear crosses and headscarves.
In its ruling, the Luxembourg-based tribunal stated its member states should weigh up if the ban corresponded to a “genuine need” on the part of the employer, especially since it potentially interferes with the employees’ rights to freedom of religion.
The case came to court after two Islamic-identifying women in Germany filed legal complaints against their workplaces for interfering with their beliefs. Subsequently, the case was brought in front of the European Court of Justice ruling on the legitimacy of the national legislation.