The number of refugees pouring into Europe from the Middle East has increased so rapidly in recent years that Europe is still trying to catch up. While the situation is certainly dire, unprecedented problems and dangers are arising for Europeans who aretrying their best to make sure their families are safe in the midst of so much change.
Recently the concern has arisen regarding whether or not Muslim should be guaranteed the right to wear a hijab in the workplace. The most recent ruling from the EU court says that Employers are ensured the right to prevent their workers from wearing headscarves or hijabs. Many have responded with relief that they can help protect their businesses from potential dangers by being able to control the dress code of their employees without being punished.
This is the first decision made by the courts regarding Islamic clothing, specifically regarding Islamic headscarves.
The court’s official stance included the following, “An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination.”
This does not mean that Muslim’s cannot wear the Hijab, it simply means that employees have the right to require a dress code that excludes the headwear. A universal ban of the Hijab has not yet been considered or ruled on, and it considered to a be a poor solution to the problem at hand. Most businesses are seeing a great deal of gray area in the proceedings, and want the right to determine for themselves what their policy will be moving forward.