Istanbul (IINA) � Turkey on Tuesday attacked a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that allows companies to ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarf (hijab) worn by Muslim women, saying it would intensify anti-Muslim sentiment.
The EU's highest court ruled on Tuesday that employers are entitled to prevent staff from wearing visible religious and political symbols at workplace, a decision Muslims said was a direct attack on women wearing hijab at work.
"The European Court of Justice decision on the headscarf today will only strengthen anti-Muslim and xenophobic trends," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a tweet.
In a ruling on two separate appeals made by Belgium and France over the headscarf ban, the ECJ said companies could bar staff from "visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign". The court further said the decision to ban such symbols at workplaces does not constitute direct discrimination.
Source: International Islamic News Agency