Headscarf ban could really hurt trans people, says Catholic Voices

Headscarf ban: 'This could include trans people not being able to dress as their gender', says Catholic Voices

Ed Rennie thinks the ban could stop trans people dressing how they wish

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Banning political, philosophical and religious signs could stop transgender people dressing how they wish, says a prominent religious lobby group.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that companies can instruct all employees to "dress neutrally," meaning political, philosophical and religious signs would be banned. 

Ed Rennie, of Catholic Voices, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that, as this rule includes philosophical signs, employers could stop trans people from dressing as the gender they wish, because it's "manifesting a philosophical belief."

However he admits he doesn't think any employer "would decide against the trans person," but in law believes it could be acceptable to do so.

Rennie added that the ruling is more sensible than some are claiming because it seeks to "assert a neutrality between religions and it does recognise this may possibly discriminate."

But, he believes the decision "seems to be blind" to the fact that people "don’t cease to manifest" beliefs just because they walk into a work place.

Listen to the full interview above