From ANSA (An Italian news service)
Upholding the separation between church and State, the French supreme Cassation Court has ruled that the controversial dismissal of an employee for wearing an Islamic veil to work in a private creche on the outskirts of Paris is legal.
The case that has gripped France for six years began when Baby-Loup, a day-care center employing Fatima Afif in the multicultural Parisian suburb of Chanteloup-les-Vignes, fired her after she refused to remove her Islamic headscarf at work.
‘‘A private entity, in this case an association, can place limits on its employees’ freedom to express their religious beliefs in the workplace’’, the Cassation Court wrote.
‘‘This does not mean that the secular principle must necessarily be enforced on private employees who do not render a public service’’, it added.
I like that they reinforced that they respect the rights of a private entity to have its own philosophy and to require that the employees respect that philosophy while working for that entity.
(Having said that, I also understand that this ruling not only applies to hijabs, but would also equally apply to yarmulkes on a person’s head and crosses hanging from a person’s neck)