Religion Freedom

20th March 2017

Following ECJ ruling MP says "keep calm and carry on respecting freedom of religious expression."

On 15th March, MP for Enfield Southgate asked the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities about the European Court Ruling allowing employers to ban workers from wearing religious dress and symbols in the workplace.

Mr Burrowes, a leading advocate in the House of Commons for religious freedom asked: “Will the Minister confirm that in this country a member of an airline’s cabin staff or a receptionist has the right to express their faith freely by wearing a cross or a headscarf, and that that cannot be supressed by any so-called neutral dress code?”

The Minister said “As I have said before, companies are entitled to enforce their own dress code, but it is very clear that that dress code must apply equally to all employees, whatever their faith, religion or gender, and the Government are keen to promote that”.

Mr Burrowes said: “The ECJ ruling flies in the face of our laws and values which respect religious freedom of expression. There is nothing neutral about a dress code which unreasonably prevents someone from expressing their faith with say a cross or scarf or kippah. We must follow the British approach and keep calm and carry on respecting freedom religious expression’.

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