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Employer May Not Refuse to Hire Applicant Based on Suspicion of Need For Religious Accommodation

Employer May Not Refuse to Hire Applicant Based on Suspicion of Need For Religious Accommodation

Early last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. In that case, a young Muslim woman who wore a hijab (a religious headscarf) to her interview was denied employment because the headscarf violated Abercrombie’s “look policy,” which did not allow head wear of any kind. Without discussing the policy with the applicant, Abercrombie simply denied her employment.  (For more about the facts of this case, see our previous post, How…

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How Explicit Must a Request for Religious Accommodation Be?

How Explicit Must a Request for Religious Accommodation Be?

Abercrombie & Fitch is the subject of a religious discrimination lawsuit, after refusing to hire a young Muslim woman who wore a hijab – a religious headscarf – to her interview. In 2008, 17-year-old Samantha Elauf applied for a sales job with the famous retailer at one of its locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The store manager thought that Elauf was a good candidate for the position, but wasn’t sure if she could work for the store wearing the hijab. The…

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Are Employer-Mandated Vaccinations Legal?

Are Employer-Mandated Vaccinations Legal?

Disney made headlines this week after asking unvaccinated employees to get the measles vaccination before returning to work. This comes after news of a recent measles outbreak that can be traced back to the happiest place on earth, when an infected visitor arrived at the park back in December of 2014. Since then, the disease has quickly spread, infecting over 100 people in 14 states. In an effort to contain the spread of the disease, Disney has strongly encouraged its…

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