Amsterdam Islamic School Ignores Headscarf Ruling

December 15, 2005

Source: Expatica

On December 15, 2005 Expatica reported, "The Islamic College Amsterdam (ICA) announced on Thursday it will ignore the ruling that it cannot insist Muslim women wear a headscarf in order to work as a teacher. The Equality Commission ruled in November that the ICA was wrong to deprive Samira Haddad, 32, of a teaching job because she refused to cover her head with a scarf. The ICA was given a month to reply to the commission's ruling. The school's board agreed that, technically speaking, a headscarf was not necessary for the performance of duties in the school. But there are clear clothing regulations in the Islamic religion, the board said. 'The necessity is linked to our philosophy of life and the related rules'... The decision by the Equality Commission is not legally binding."