Dutch employment tribunal to hear Muslim headscarf case

[JURIST] The Dutch Equal Opportunities Commission will hear the nation's first case brought by a Muslim woman who was refused a job because she would not wear a headscarf [JURIST news archive]. The Islamic College in Amsterdam refused to hire Samira Haddad for an Arabic teaching job because she refused to wear a burka. Dutch law requires religious institutions to treat all employees equally. Haddad claims the school is discriminating between Muslim and non-Muslim staff because it requires Muslim teachers, but not non-Muslims, to wear the headscarf. Haddad's challenge comes as the Netherlands is considering Europe's first nationwide ban on burkas [JURIST report] in certain places, including schools. BBC News has more. Expatica has local coverage.

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