The European Court of Justice, the highest judicial body of the European Union (EU), found the company justified in the lawsuit filed by the woman who was not accepted to internship due to the headscarf in Belgium.
The European Court of Justice, the highest judicial body of the European Union (EU), has decided on the case of a woman in Belgium who could not start education because of the headscarf. L.F. applied for an internship at a social housing company, but her application was rejected because of her headscarf. The woman, who could not do an internship at the company, stated that ‘wearing caps, hats and headscarves in offices is prohibited’ and took the matter to the court in 2018.
The case was heard at the European Court of Justice. The court ruled that “in EU countries, employers can prohibit employees from wearing headscarves”. According to the court, an employer can prohibit its employees from wearing a headscarf if a policy of neutrality is enshrined in labor legislation. The European Court of Justice took a similar decision in an application filed in Germany in July and ruled that companies can prohibit their employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions.