Berlin teacher headscarf ban is illegal, rules top court

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Germany’s Federal Labor Court on Thursdayruledthat ablanket ban on teachers wearing headscarvesin schools in the capital city Berlin was unconstitutional.

The court decision was the latest in a case brought by a Muslim woman who was unable to work as a teacher in state schools in the city because she wore a headscarf.

The woman had been “discriminated against because of her religion,” the court ruled.

The woman initially brought a case to the lower Berlin-Brandenburg labor court after she was told —following a job interview —that she would not be allowed to teach in Berlin if she continued to wear a headscarf.

Teachers in the city were banned from wearing headscarves under the Berlin’s neutrality act that forbids civil servants from wearing religious clothing and symbols.

The lower court ruled that headscarves could only be banned if there was a concrete threat to peace at school. In…

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