Weighs case of Muslim woman denied job over headscarf

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could help define the limits of religious freedom in the workplace.

The case, known as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie, centers on Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who applied for a position as a model at the Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008. She was denied employment because she was wearing a black headscarf, known as hijab, during her interview.

Abercrombie has a “look policy” that prohibits employees from wearing black clothing and “caps;” it rates prospective employees based on their dress. Though the policy fails to define what constitutes a “cap,” it says an employee is subject to “disciplinary action up to and including termination for failing to comply with” the cap policy.

In the case, the EEOC argues that Abercrombie violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by failing to accommodate Elauf’s religious beliefs. Abercrombie claims Elauf never informed hiring managers of the conflict and that allowing her to wear a headscarf would have imposed an undue hardship on the Ohio-based company.

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  1. Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man and commented:
    Heh. I have been senied jobs because of my beard. All Orthodox priests are to wear a beard as a requirement of their office and reception of Holy Orders.
    This is a mandatory Canon. Thus, I stand on my 1st Amendment right to practice my religion. I am always told that it is a company grooming or safety issue.
    Sorry, If I’m in an office working on a computer, how is that a safety issue? How is a trimmed beard a grooming issue? They will rule that you cannot deny anything Islamic, up to and includinh wearing a burka, intirrupting the workplace to pray five times a day, requiring a prayer room, foot washing center, hiring an Imam to conduct prayers, etc. But prohibiting any outward expression of Christianity.

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