When someone discriminates against someone because of their looks, race, sex, or religious (or non-religious) views, then that is a blatant form of discrimination, and discrimination in any work place should not be tolerated.
You might remember this story: in 2008 Samantha Elauf, a Muslim, applied for a job at the clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch. She was wearing a headscarf. The company claimed it didn’t know that the headscarf was a religious symbol (right!), and denied her employment because the scarf, or hijab, clashed with the company’s dress code.
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission sued the company on behalf of Elauf, She won that suit, along with $20,000, but a federal appeals court overturned the decision because the company claimed not to know that the scarf was a religious garment.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a rare nearly-unanimous decision, ruled 8-1 that her religious rights had been violated, and that the company really did know that the garment was religious. The case now goes back to the appeals court, but the outcome is now nearly certain: Elauf will prevail.
8-1 is rare; the dissenter was, surprisingly…
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