Posted by: becketfund | December 10, 2007

Germany: State of Hesse Upholds Headscarf Ban

DPA and the Associated Press report that the German state of Hesse has voted 6-5 to uphold a ban on headscarves for female civil servants, saying that the headscarf constituted an article of clothing which could “endanger confidence in the neutrality” of any employee who wore it on the job. A general ban was introduced in 2004 and is currently in place in several German states; however, Hesse additionally banned any garments that could constitute a political or religious symbol, with the notable exemption of Christian symbols.

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