Headscarves at the ECJ again: Commune d’Ans

In OP v Commune d’Ans [2023] EUECJ C‑148/22, the Grand Chamber handed down a preliminary ruling in a Belgian case, following a request by the Tribunal du Travail de Liège.


The claimant in the proceedings before the Tribunal du Travail was an employee of the Commune who performed largely “back-office” functions without coming into contact with members of the public [12]. In February 2021 she asked permission to wear a hijab at work [12]. The municipal board of the Commune rejected her application and provisionally banned her from wearing “signs revealing her religious beliefs” until it had adopted general rules on the matter [13]. Continue reading