Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Supreme Court protects religious freedom in Abercrombie hijab case

The Story: In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch violated a civil rights law protecting religion by failing to hire a job applicant who wore a hijab (a Muslim headscarf).

The Background: Samantha Elauf, a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma, applied for a job at Abercrombie, a preppy clothing retailer, in 2008. Although Elauf was rated by a manager as worthy of hiring, a district manager recommended that she not be hired because her headscarf would violate the store’s dress code against “caps.”

The EEOC sued Abercrombie on Elauf ’s behalf, claiming that its refusal to hire Elauf violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII prohibits a prospective employer from refusing to hire an applicant in order to avoid accommodating a religious practice that it could accommodate without undue hardship. Keep reading

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Supreme Court rules against Abercrombie in hijab case

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