Berlin: Muslim woman rejected from job for wearing hijab wins in court

A Muslim woman was rejected from a teaching position in Berlin after wearing a hijab. A Berlin labor court ruled in her favor and ordered state authorities to pay her approximately 7,000 euros.
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A labor court in Berlin, Germany, has ordered state authorities to pay approximately 7,000 euros, or two monthly salaries, to a woman whose appointment for a teaching job has been disqualified because she wore a hijab. The school claimed that wearing a hijab was contrary to German law, which requires religious neutrality in public places, but the court rejected the claim and thus challenged the implementation of the law.

Berlin’s ‘neutrality law’ states that public sector employees such as teachers, nurses and police officers are not allowed to wear religious symbols during work. However, in 2015, a German Constitutional Court found the law unconstitutional and damaging to religious freedom. It ruled that the law is enforceable only when the religious symbol might impair peace.

Several months ago, a similar court ruling took place in Berlin when another Muslim woman was rejected from a job after wearing a hijab. The court ruled the case as religious discrimination.

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