The woman, who converted to Islam and started wearing a full face-covering headscarf in the law offices where she worked, had sued bosses over her sacking.
But the court accepted the employers’ argument that a visible face is one of the basic necessities for communication and the termination of the woman’s contract was legally valid and not discrimination.
The ruling in the Austrian Supreme Court said the woman’s offer to remove her veil while dealing with members of the public did not go far enough because interaction with office colleagues would also be affected.
The veiled woman, identified only as Gertraud M and from Lower Austria, had previously worn a headscarf but started to wear a full veil when she got cancer and “wanted to be closer to Allah”.
She told the court in Vienna: “I was diagnosed with cancer and was