Supreme Court bans niqab


Mag. Jakob Widner, ILO Newsletter vom 28. September 2016

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the wearing of a niqab need not be tolerated by an employer because, although religious dress is protected under anti-discrimination legislation, it is one of the basic rules of interpersonal communication that facial expressions be visible.

Further, although an employer´s prohibition on religious dress amounts to direct religious discrimination, this ban can be justified as an occupational requirement. 


Mag. Jakob Widner

LL.M. (NYU) Partner