Could headscarf ban by European Union reignite similar debate in Canada?

Reverberations from court’s decision could trickle down – especially in Quebec
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2017

A landmark ruling by the European Union’s (EU) highest court in March has allowed companies to ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols.

The European Court of Justice found Belgian security services firm G4S — which had a rule barring customer-facing employees from wearing visible religious and political symbols — may not have discriminated against a receptionist dismissed in 2006 for wearing a headscarf, according to Reuters.

The judiciary conclusion said the company was entitled to dismiss receptionist Samira Achbita if, in pursuit of legitimate business interests, it fairly applied a broad dress code for all customer-facing staff to project an image of political and religious neutrality.