Denmark's Supreme Court has ruled that a supermarket chain had the right to fire a young Muslim woman for wearing an Islamic headscarf to work.
Denmark's Muslims represent the second largest religious group
The woman, who worked as a cashier in the supermarket, claimed damages for discrimination and wrongful dismissal.
But the court said Dansk Supermarked chain was allowed to fire the woman who had signed a contract which banned headgear in front of customers.
Twenty-seven-year-old Najla Ainouz was dismissed from her post in 2001.
A supermarket spokesman said the company wanted the appearance of its employees to be in line with its political and religious neutrality.
The court accepted that the company had a right to specify the appearance of its employees and that this outweighed their individual right to wear religious garments.