The recent rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) around religious symbols have attracted a lot of attention, some of it confused. Most noticeably, the attention has entirely focused on the Muslim headscarf when in fact the rulings apply equally to all religious symbols – Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and so on.

The CJEU was asked to determine whether two cases involving the dismissal of women for each refusing to remove their headscarves, which covered the head and neck, but not the face, at work amounted to religious discrimination.

In the Belgian case of Achbita and Anor v G4S Secure Sol...

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