The Milan appeals court on Thursday ruled a firm was being discriminatory when it refused to hire an Italian woman of Egyptian origins who refused to take off her Islamic veil. The plaintiff, a 24-year-old devout Muslim named Sara from the Milan-area town of Melegnano, was born in Italy of Egyptian parents.

In 2013 she was explicitly excluded from a selection for young women to hand out flyers at the MICAM shoe fair because she said that if hired, she would not be willing to remove her hijab - an Islamic veil covering the hair, ears and neck.

Sara, then a university student, had answered an ad from Imola-based Evolution Events seeking two "hostesses" to hand out flyers on behalf of a company exhibiting at the MICAM fair.

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