The Brussels public transport operator was sued by the labor court for “discrimination based on religious beliefs and gender” after refusing to hire women wearing veils. The decision to split different parties in Belgium.
After the recent court ruling, the issue of wearing the Islamic headscarf is returning strongly in the Belgian political debate. It once again split the country’s main political parties and various governments. The possibility of incorporating secularism principles into the national constitution is another scarecrow in the political world.
On May 3, the Brussels Labor Court condemned the STIB for “discrimination based on religious beliefs and gender”. The magistrate received a complaint from a woman wearing an Islamic headscarf, claiming that she was excluded from work for this reason alone.
A stern order and payment of 50,000 euros in compensation for the first employer in the area. So far, the employer’s policy is based on “complete neutrality” and therefore prohibits the wearing of any political or religious signs. The logo of Hephilosophy has approximately 10,000 employees from one hundred different nationalities.
Logically, the general manager of the company should appeal on the advice of his lawyer. It considers this issue to be particularly sensitive—even though it has never been resolved after three years of hesitation—but it prefers to submit it to the management committee, where the political parties that make up the regional government are represented.
Conclusion: a bit confusing. The committee is split: three votes, socialists and environmentalists, abandon the appeal, and three votes in favor of the management and another representative of the ruling party, the Independent Federal Democratic Party (DéFI, centrist). The committee chairman and Flemish ecologists voted twice, but the company recognized the first-instance judgment and agreed to the principle of “inclusiveness and neutrality”. Therefore, the tolerance for the veil port.