Test case in France

Angelique Chrisafis and Owen Bowcott report in the Guardian, ‘A French design engineer who was dismissed for wearing an Islamic headscarf should have been allowed to cover her head at work, a senior EU lawyer has said. In an influential preliminary opinion, an advocate general at the European court of justice found in favour of Asma Bougnaoui who lost her job with Micropole SA, a French IT consultancy, in June 2009. The advocate general has advised that the Muslim woman’s dismissal amounted to discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief . . . Sharpston [one of the senior British members of the judiciary on the Luxembourg court] said a company policy requiring an employee to remove her hijab when in contact with clients constituted unlawful direct discrimination.  click here.