Teacher wins Ber­lin case over Mus­lim head­scarf

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

BER­LIN — A Ger­man court has ruled that a teacher who didn’t get hired by a Ber­lin el­e­men­tary school be­cause she was wear­ing a Mus­lim head­scarf will re­ceive 8,680 eu­ros ($9,250 dol­lars) in com­pen­sa­tion for dis­crim­i­na­tion. A higher labour court judge said Thurs­day that wear­ing the head­scarf wouldn’t have led to ten­sion at the school. The plain­tiff, who wasn’t iden­ti­fied, had ap­pealed an ear­lier rul­ing by a court which had re­jected her case. City ed­u­ca­tion author­i­ties can ap­peal the lat­est rul­ing. Ber­lin has a so-called neu­tral­ity law which says teach­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers and ju­di­cial em­ploy­ees shouldn’t wear re­li­gious clothes. But judge Re­nate Schaude re­ferred to a 2015 rul­ing by Ger­many’s high­est court that gen­eral head­scarf bans in the western state of North Rhine-West­phalia were in­fring­ing re­li­gious free­dom.

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