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1984-03-30 - Court of cassation

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A day off for religious holidays cannot be refused unless it results a significant damage for the company

Key facts of the case - An employee asked for a day off because he wanted to celebrate an important religious holiday.

Main reasoning of the court - The Court held that the employer may not refuse this timely request, unless the enterprise where the employee works will be seriously damaged by the absence of the employee on that day. The Court recognized hereby the individual interest in taking leave on religiously significant days as well as the societal and individual interest in collectively celebrated holidays.