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>> Europe's top court will make a ruling on Islamic headscarf bans on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice will determine whether an employer can prohibit staff from wearing the covering. It's the first case of it's kind before the ECJ. Which is Waverly Colville in Brussels explains the two cases that will be discussed, one in Belgium and one in France.
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>> So, the European court will be hearing two different cases on Tuesday. The first was about a Muslim woman who was fired from her job for wearing her headscarf. She lost her case against discrimination because there was a general rule in the company that no one could wear any visual religious symbols.
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The second case, the woman was a consultant and one of her clients called her headscarf embarrassing, so the company asked her to remove her headscarf, but she said that is discrimination. She actually won that case because she was targeted as a Muslim woman, and it wasn't a blanket rule for all faiths like the other woman.
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>> Last year the court's Advocate General recommended that companies should be allowed to prohibit headscarves, as long as a general ban on other symbols was in place. Companies though should consider the conspicuousness of those symbols and the nature of the employee's activities.>> Because many on the far-right are afraid of the spread of Islam in Europe, this ruling could have a big impact on several of the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, Germany, and France.
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Especially, because the separation of church and state is so important in France and the increasing popularity of the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen.>> The opinion of an Advocate General is not binding, but it is followed by the court in the majority of cases. A day after these hearings, the Dutch voters will have their say in an election, which has been dominated by the issue of immigration and integration.