Thursday, January 24, 2019

European Court: Austria's Law Giving Good Friday Off Only For Christians Violates EU Directive

In Cresco Investigation GmbH v. Achatzi, (ECJ, Jan. 22, 2019), the European Court of Justice held that Austria's law which makes Good Friday a holiday only for employees who are members of specified Christian churches and which requires additional pay for them if they must work that day violates European Council Directive 2000/78/EC on equal treatment in employment. The Court went on to hold:
Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union must be interpreted as meaning that, until [Austria] has amended its legislation ..., in order to restore equal treatment, a private employer who is subject to such legislation is obliged also to grant his other employees a public holiday on Good Friday....
Courthouse News Service reports on the decision.