Denmark sends a clear message to Muslim women: If you refuse to take a job where you can not wear the burqa or the niqab, social benefits end.
The Danish Government refers to the ECJ ruling of March 14, about its ruling on banning the hijab at the workplace.
Now Muslim women can no longer refuse to take a job in Denmark, with reference to religion. If the job requires that they do not wear the niqab or similar garment, there will be financial consequences if they refuse.
- In that case, the person must be sanctioned. The penalty would then be a reduction or termination of benefits for a period. Religious, cultural or moral considerations are generally not reasonable grounds to be excused from the availability requirements, says Minister for Employment Troels Lund Poulsen (pictured).
Two major Danish municipalities have already punished women financially because they would not take jobs, referring to the Islamic dress, writes Korte Avis.
Troels Lund Poulsen will now send a letter to all the country's mayors about the new guidelines.
- I also want to mention that the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice of March 14, 2017, which, among other things, stipulates that a ban on wearing Islamic headscarves, results from an internal rule in a private company, which prohibits staff to wear visible political, philosophical or religious symbols in the workplace, and does not constitute direct discrimination on grounds of religion or belief.
The immigration critical Danish People's Party is pleased with the development:
- Immediately we are satisfied with the answer. We asked the question, because we wanted to create clarity for companies and for local caseworkers. The burqa and the Islamic headscarf is an expression of an ideology that divides people into clean and unclean, which we strongly oppose in the Danish People's Party. The companies should also do so. It is important that we in the Danish society have the right to say no to Islamist tendencies, says DF's Martin Henriksen.
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