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Berlin Pays Muslim Woman 7,000 Euros Over Hijab Dispute

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German authorities have agreed to pay a Muslim woman 7,000 euros after she lost out on a teaching job for wearing a hijab.

A labor court in Berlin ordered the authorities to make the payment, Jerusalem Online reported Wednesday. The money is equal to about a two months’ salary.

The school argued the hijab was contrary to Berlin’s ‘Neutrality Law’ which states that employees in the public sector cannot wear religious symbols to work.  The German Constitutional Court rejected this law in 2015 on the basis of religious freedom, ruling that religious symbols can be worn when they do not cause violence.
Previous issues from wearing religious head symbols received attention when Josef Schuster, Head of the Council of Jews criticized German officials in 2015 for telling Jewish men to not wear a kippa in areas with large Muslim populations in Germany due to violence.

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