'Muslim women face triple penalty'
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'Headscarf ban disproportionately affects Muslim women'

Workplace bans on the wearing of "any political, philosophical or religious sign" such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination, Europe's top court has ruled.

But the ban must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to "dress neutrally", said the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Muslim women's activist Shelina Janmohamed said the decision "disproportionately affects Muslim women" who faced a "triple penalty" of discrimination in the workplace.

  • 14 Mar
  • From the section Europe