Bosses CAN ban Muslim headscarves from the workplace – so long as they also ban Christian religious symbols, EU lawyer rules

Companies should be allowed to ban Islamic headscarves, hijabs, from the workplace, but only if all other religious and political symbols are banned as well, an EU court adviser has said.

If visible religious or political symbols are banned as part of company dress code or uniform policy, the hijab should not be exempt, an adviser to the European Court of Justice said on Tuesday.

Advocate General Juliane Kokott said that while an employee cannot ‘leave’ sex, ethnicity, age or disability ‘at the door’, he or she may be expected to moderate exercise of religion in the workplace.