The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that it is impossible to make Good Friday a day off only for members of certain Christian churches. This is recognized as «discrimination on the basis of religion».
Now, Good Friday (the day before Easter) is a holiday in Austria for Protestants, Catholics, and members of the Evangelical Methodist Church. The rest has to work this day.
In 2017, a private detective filed a lawsuit against his employer for not having paid him an additional amount for the work done this day. In the first instance the claim was rejected. However, the appeals court decided to pay compensation for work on a holiday.
The opinion was expressed that this practice is contrary to the EU directive on the equality of all citizens. According to it, less favorable conditions for citizens on the basis of religious beliefs are not allowed. The employer appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of the country.
The Judge wondered if there was any special status for members of the Protestant churches to be discriminated against. A preliminary request was sent to the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, which pointed to the discriminatory nature of the provision of holidays on the basis of religion.