23337822_sToday the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that had previously held that Abercrombie could not be held liable for not accommodating an applicant who wore a head scarf to her interview but never mentioned her Muslim faith.  The Tenth Circuit had accepted Abercrombie’s argument that the mere

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

Way back on July 29, 2011 we wrote that an Oklahoma jury had awarded $20,000 in damages to a devout Muslim job applicant refused hiring by Abercrombie & Fitch when she appeared for an interview wearing a headscarf, or hijab, which she wore for religious reasons.  Abercrombie & Fitch argued that it has what it

The EEOC has just announced a new lawsuit on what has become a familiar topic – the alleged refusal of an employer, an Alabama nursing home, to accommodate a Muslim employee whose religious beliefs require her to wear a hijab, or head covering.   These religious discrimination cases relating to appearance are now almost cookie cutter

For quite awhile we have reported about the EEOC’s targets as set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP), and noted that “vulnerable worker” abuse and religious discrimination were in the cross-hairs.  Two new settlements emphasize this.

18936794_sThe EEOC has reported that it has settled a religious discrimination case for $100,000 filed against an

21070513_sApropos of our posts recently chronicalling the increase in the number of cases of religious discrimination,  we recommend an article written by my friend Lily Strumwasser, Esq. in Inside Counsel entitled “Compliance:  Religious Discrimination – It’s On The Rise.”

Lily describes what religious discrimination is, charts the rise in lawsuits nicely, set forth a short

19557918_sIn a fascinating but disturbing story, The New York Times reports today that as part of “a so-called Charter of Quebec Values,” Quebec’s governing Parti Québécois “plans to forbid government employees to wear ‘overt and conspicuous’ religious symbols while on the job. Everyone from judges to teachers would have to doff their hijabs, kippas, niqabs,

On September 9th we wrote about a new EEOC religious discrimination lawsuit which it filed in Denver against JetStream Ground Services.  “The EEOC alleges that JetStream refused to hire or utilize numerous female Muslims to clean aircraft cabins, even though many had been doing this for years. The alleged reason – they requested an accommodation

Chalk up another direct hit for the EEOC – one more ADA lawsuit filed against a health care provider.  Feel free to go back to our numerous posts about health care providers being a favorite target for the EEOC when it comes to disability suits.

We have dubbed this exercise by the EEOC “like

Employers should embrace this mantra – “Beauty Lies In Diversity,” and not run from it.  It may sound “politically correct,” which to some is anathema, but it will prevent many claims of discrimination, and as studies tell us, it is good for business!

On July 29, 2011, we reported on an Oklahoma jury which awarded