This week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that we have previously reported on that was filed against Abercrombie & Fitch. In that case, a Muslim teenager applied for a job and was denied the job because she wore a head scarf which the hiring manager believed did not coincide with the company’s “look” policy. It is always dangerous to try to predict how the Supremes are going to rule simply based on the argument. News outlets have varied in how they believe the Justices’ comments may foreshadow the outcome. If you want a simple factual retelling of the argument the Christian Science Monitor‘s article is one of your better bets.
The fact that the Supreme Court may rule in the teen’s favor does not necessarily mean that employers cannot have dress codes. It will likely mean that employers need to follow existing guidance that accommodations may need to be made for religious beliefs.
Indeed, there are lots of things that employees may wear at work that would make an employer cringe and justify the imposition of a dress code. If you don’t believe me, check out today’s 5 minute laugh video: