United Sikhs release official statement
14th March, UK – UNITED SIKHS, a global advocacy organisation that has dealt with cases of religious freedom across Europe, have released the following statement on today’s European Court of Justice ruling regarding the wearing of religious attire in the workplace.
“The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is disturbing as it has allowed employer’s freedom to over ride an employee’s fundamental human right to practise their faith.
“The ECJ has qualified its ruling by saying that a ban on ‘visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign’ by an employer can only be justified if it is based on an internal rule, ‘genuinely pursued in a consistent and systematic manner’ with a “legitimate aim”. However, we fear that employers will treat it as a licence to discriminate at the point of hire.”
Mejindarpal Kaur, International Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS.
Sikhs across Europe immediately expressed their concerns about the ruling on social media. The freedom to practice faith openly and outwardly for all religions is an intrinsic part of the Sikh philosophy.