In this edition we look at the latest European decision on expression of religious beliefs, ET rules and Early Conciliation and the thorny issue of inconsistent treatment of employees facing dismissal.
Religion and belief
In Ebrahimian v France the European Court of Human Rights has found against a social worker in the public sector who lost her job on grounds related to wearing religious head gear.
We have seen cases in the UK where religious dress has come under fire because e.g. of health and safety concerns – but in Ebrahimian the Court has taken a radical new approach. In terms, the Court says that the right of individual public service users to have their own beliefs respected in effect overrides the right of a service provider to manifest their own religion by wearing religious clothing.
A surprising decision and one about which we blogged here in more detail.
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