Published: 2017-07-02 11:37
Last Updated: 2017-07-02 11:45
A Muslim woman in Germany won 7,000 Euros in compensation for being rejected from a teaching position for wearing a hijab (the Muslim headscarf).
Berlin’s Labour Court ordered state authorities to pay approximately seven thousand Euros or the equivalent of two months salary to the disqualified teacher.
In its defense, the school claimed that wearing a hijab goes “against Germany’s neutrality law,” which requires religious neutrality in all public areas. The court rejected this claim.
In fact, it is against the neutrality law to dismiss a woman’s candidacy because of the hijab.
The law was modified in 2015, after the Labour Court ruled in favor of another teacher, who was disqualified from a similar position for wearing the hijab.
After appealing to the court, the defendant won the case, after an exception was made to the neutrality law on the grounds of religious freedom.
According to Jerusalem Online, Berlin’s ‘neutrality law’ states that “public sector employees such as teachers, nurses and police officers are not allowed to wear religious symbols during work. However, this rule was modified in 2015 and deemed enforceable only when the religious symbol might impair peace.”