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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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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Pregnant Employees’ Rights to Accommodation

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Pregnant Employees’ Rights to Accommodation

In 2006, a female United Parcel Service (UPS) driver named Peggy Young became pregnant with her first child. On her doctor’s orders, she was not to lift more than 20 pounds during her pregnancy. Because Peggy’s shifts usually involved delivering letters and small packages, it didn’t seem like the restriction would have a huge impact on her job. But when Peggy told her supervisor about the 20-pound restriction, she was told that heavy lifting was an essential part of her…

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Nolo’s U.S. Supreme Court Center is Now in Session

Nolo’s U.S. Supreme Court Center is Now in Session

For centuries, U.S. Supreme Court decisions have shaped everything from Congress’s powers to individual rights, and almost every legal issue in between. Some would even argue that one Supreme Court decision effectively elected a President. Now, Nolo is happy to announce the launch of the U.S. Supreme Court Center, your one-stop shop for full-text decisions from the nation’s top court. Every one of them is free and at your fingertips, from 1791 all the way through the current term. You…

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