(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) On Tuesday, the European Union (EU) Court of Justice released the ruling that employers can ban religious symbols. This issue came up when companies in Belgium and France asked women not to wear headscarves at work. Both women refused and were fired for doing so, which prompted the lawsuit.
The court ruled that it was not direct discrimination to ban such symbols. Employers have the right to reasonably govern the dress of their employees. In recent years, Islamic headscarves, worn by women, have become scrutinized in European countries. As the Islamic population of the EU grows, this issue will become increasingly volatile.