Several agencies are suing the Brussels public transport company STIB for discriminating against a veiled woman in their hiring process.
Government agency Unia, the centre for equal opportunities and opposition to racism, and the LDH, the francophone human rights organisation, took the case to court. STIB denied any discrimination, reports Le Soir.
The woman in question is a jurist who applied for the two positions of Legal Officer and Business Analyst, which would not put her into contact with the public.
For both positions, her evaluation was good, said both Unia and the LDH, but the woman stressed that she would not be taking off her veil, which led to her not being hired. However, STIB denied this. "If someone is not hired, it is because that person does not have the necessary skills," said Françoise Ledune, the STIB spokesperson, reports Bruzz.
The hearing will take place on 23 April.
The Brussels Times