Headscarves and the CJEU: protecting fundamental rights and pandering to prejudice: the CJEU does both

Howard, Erica ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0848-5033 (2022) Headscarves and the CJEU: protecting fundamental rights and pandering to prejudice: the CJEU does both. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 29 (2) . pp. 245-262. ISSN 1023-263X [Article] (doi:10.1177/1023263X221080557)

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Abstract

The CJEU judgment in the two latest Islamic headscarf cases was handed down in July 2021. The judgment allows employers to ban the wearing of religious and other symbols by employees, but it does specify under what conditions this can be done. This article builds on a previous article on the opinion of AG Rantos and the Shadow Opinion of former AG Sharpston and analyses the judgment in detail. It argues that the judgment is an improvement on the previous CJEU headscarf judgments in that it provides more protection for fundamental human rights. However, the CJEU also appears to allow employers to a certain extent to pander to the prejudicial wishes of their customers. The article concludes that the judgment presents a small glimmer of hope that the CJEU might be moving – albeit very slowly - towards more protection of Muslim women who want to wear headscarves at work for religious reasons.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 34621
Notes on copyright: Howard E. Headscarves and the CJEU: protecting fundamental rights and pandering to prejudice, the CJEU does both. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 2022;29(2):245-262. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/1023263X221080557.
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Depositing User: Erica Howard
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 12:22
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 23:03
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34621

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