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Top French court allows firing of employee who wore Islamic veil

Catholic World News - June 27, 2014

France's highest court has confirmed that a day-care center outside Paris had the right to dismiss an employee who refused to remove an Islamic veil.

''A private entity, in this case an association, can place limits on its employees' freedom to express their religious beliefs in the workplace," the court ruled. The decision confirmed a lower court's ruling that children in the day-care center should "not be confronted with ostentatious displays of religious identity."

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 30, 2014 9:06 AM ET USA

    The reason the court gave for upholding this ban is rock solid, viz. that private concerns can make and enforce their own rules. Now if the court will just extend this sound reasoning to all other matters.

  • Posted by: distractedbrony - Jun. 30, 2014 4:21 AM ET USA

    Not sure what to think about this. On one hand, my political opinions have been mainly informed by libertarian types, so I lean toward the position that private employers should be free as a matter of civil law to discriminate on almost any basis. However—and I may be imagining things—I think I see many Catholics applying a double standard in regard to Islam, by fighting for their own religious freedoms while trying to limit them for Muslims. It seems telling that there are no comments here yet.

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