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BRUSSELS (Reuters) Companies may ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, the European Union top court ruled on Tuesday, setting off a storm of complaint from rights groups canada goose black friday sale and religious leaders.

In canadian goose jacket its first ruling on canada goose coats an issue that has become highly charged across Europe, the https://www.canadagooseoutletshop.co.uk/ Court of Justice (ECJ) found a Belgian firm which had a cheap Canada Goose rule that employees who dealt with customers should not wear visible religious or political symbols may not have discriminated against canada goose a Muslim receptionist it dismissed for wearing a headscarf.

The judgment on that and Canada Goose Jackets a French Canada Goose Parka case came on the eve of a Dutch election in which Muslim immigration canada goose outlet store locations is a key issue and weeks before a similarly charged presidential vote in France, where headscarves are banned canada goose store in public service jobs.

French conservative candidate Francois Fillon hailed the ECJ ruling as immense relief to companies and workers that would contribute to peace

But a group backing the fired employees said the ruling may shut many Muslim women out of the workforce. European rabbis said buy canada goose jacket cheap the Court had added to rising incidences of hate crime to send a message that communities are no longer welcome

The judges in Luxembourg concluded the dismissals of the two women may, depending on the view of canada goose coats on sale national courts, have breached EU laws against religious discrimination.

They determined canada goose replica that the case of the French engineer canada goose clearance Asma Bougnaoui, fired by software company Micropole after a customer complaint, may well have been discriminatory.

A woman walks past a mannequin wearing an hijab headscarf at a market in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, Belgium, August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Reactions, however, focused on the findings that services firm G4S in Canada Goose Online Belgium was entitled to dismiss receptionist Canada Goose sale Samira Achbita in 2006 if, in pursuit of legitimate business interests, it fairly applied a broad dress code for all customer facing staff to project an image of political and religious neutrality.

TO PREJUDICE The Open Society Justice Initiative, a group backed by the philanthropist George Soros, said the ruling the guarantee of equality offered by EU laws: places where national law is canada goose deals weak, this buy canada goose jacket ruling will exclude many Muslim women from the workplace, policy office Maryam Hmadoun said.

Amnesty International welcomed the ruling on the French case that are not at liberty to pander to the prejudices of their clients But, it said, bans on religious symbols to show neutrality opened canada goose outlet toronto factory backdoor to precisely such prejudice

The president of the Canada Goose Coats On Sale Conference of European Rabbis, Chief Rabbi Pinchas like web Goldschmidt, complained: decision sends a signal to all religious groups in Europe National court cases across Europe have included questions on the wearing of Christian crosses, Sikh turbans and Jewish skullcaps.

In the Belgian case, the ECJ said: internal rule of an undertaking Canada Goose Outlet which prohibits the visible wearing of any 2018 canada goose outlet political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination.

It was for Belgian judges to determine Canada Goose online whether Achbita may have been a victim of indirect discrimination if the rule put people of a particular faith at a disadvantage.

Additional reporting by Waverly Colville in Brussels and Sudip Kar Gupta in Paris; Editing by Catherine Evans and Pritha Sarkar.

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