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German Court: ‘Woman can wear headscarf at work!’

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Source: The Local:

A German dental practice which refused to hire a young Muslim woman because she insisted on wearing a headscarf at work broke the law, it was reported on Thursday. The court ruling is the first of its kind for the country.

A young Berlin woman applied last summer for a traineeship to become a dental assistant. Despite being qualified and getting along with staff, she was told that she could not have the position unless she removed her headscarf, the Tagesspiegel newspaper said.
This was religious discrimination, the city’s labour court ruled. A headscarf was not an “arbitrary piece of clothing” but an expression of her beliefs and wearing it was part of her right to religious freedom.
Refusing to employ because of her headscarf was in breach of the Equal Treatment Act, the judge said.
The court also rejected the suggestion that headscarves could pose a hygiene risk to patients. There was no more chance of transferring bacteria with a scarf than there was via human hair, the judge said.

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Posted by on October 18, 2012. Filed under Europe,Germany. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

5 Responses to German Court: ‘Woman can wear headscarf at work!’

  1. Amtul Q Farhat

    October 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    We have had many good voices from Germany; court ruling on circumcision ban, Hijab and then the Chancellor’s statement that Islam is part of Germany- Really remarkable!

  2. Zubair Khan

    October 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    @Amtul Q Frhat. You have deep eye on Germany.

  3. Issa Boakye

    October 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Germany is making a lot of progress tolerance of Islam. That is very positive. The Muslims in that country should try to maintain the good image of Islam.

  4. Maqsood

    October 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

    The decision worth appreciation, very well worded, clear and based on justice. Court is quite clear to mention that banning a scarf means interfering in ones religious freedom. In late 1999, Germany’s top court ruled in favor of religious freedom, protecting the right to Islamic ritual slaughter.

  5. alatif

    October 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Prof Dr HM Quraish Shihab, Indonesia’s well-known expert commentary, former religious affairs minister of Indonesia, renewal pioneer interpretation of the Quran, interpretation modren, said;
    The Qur’an does not dry. As much as people talk about it, every time he gives nothing new.

    Likewise, when he was studying the Qur’an. He can find a new meaning, a new secret that has not been discovered by previous because he comes from God.

    EXAMPLE: One interpretation Prof.DR Quraish Shihab who reject the Wahhabi-Salafi interpretation ulama2 Arab (Ibn Kathir, At-Tobary, Imam As-Suyuty, Al-Baghowy) is where Prof. DR.Quraish.Shihab found;

    Women should not feel guilty if you do not berjilbab.Dia say: “that the legal provisions concerning the tolerable limits of the genitals or the female body is zhanniy the allegations.”

    Still according to the Quraysh, “Differences legal experts it is the difference between the opinions of men they put it in the context of age and term and conditions of their societies (primitive), as well as considerations of their reasoning, rather than the law of God is clear, definite and firm.

    Because it is a veiled command recommendation, not mandatory as required to conduct prayers, charity, fasting, according to the natural state of the hot deserts and dangerous. Due to the hot sand gust winds can corrupt the woman’s skin and hair.


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