In Austria was not a good Friday so far, for all a holiday, but only for members of certain Protestant churches and the old Catholic Church. Only you had to get a holiday surcharge, if you have worked on good Friday. Catholics were about empty.

Now, the European court of justice has overturned this rule. This is a discrimination of other religions, was the verdict of the ECJ on Tuesday in Luxembourg.

Against the previous regulation, an employee had complained that none of these churches belongs to. He wanted for his work on good Friday, is also a Supplement. The ECJ gave him the right.

The Austrian rule was a “direct discrimination because of Religion”, were the judges. To Austria the clause change would require employers to grant other employees the right to a public holiday on good Friday. If the workers could not make free, to stand them the right to an additional remuneration.


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