Berlin state ordered to pay woman nearly €7,000 for rejecting job application due to her headscarf

Berlin to pay woman nearly €7,000 for rejecting job application due to her headscarf

The woman was told she couldn't wear a headscarf

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The state of Berlin must pay a woman almost €7,000 (£6,100) after rejecting her job application because she wears a headscarf. 

The Berlin labour court ruled that the teacher should be paid €6,900 (£6,000), the equivalent of two months’ wages, according to The Local.

She was told during her job interview that she would not be entitled to wear the garment at work.

However, Berlin's neutrality law decrees that employees of the state can't show religious symbols at work.

A second case is ongoing at the Berlin labour court concerning another woman who was also rejected from a job for the same reason.

And in February this year, the court awarded a teacher €8,680 (£7,700) for not being allowed to wear a headscarf.

The court agreed at that time that the woman's argument was correct as not being given a job due to her headscarf constituted religious discrimination.

However, the court also said that this ruling was purely for the individual and wouldn't hold wider legal implications.

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