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3.8.2016

Title VII and Islamophobia: Maintaining Compliance

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Susan Eggum authored an article in Oregon Business magazine’s February issue titled “Title VII and Islamophopia: Maintaining Compliance.” In the article, Eggum discussed the recent increase in Islamophobia as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating in hiring, disciplining, demoting, harassing, retaliating against or firing a person on the basis of sincerely-held religious beliefs or religious practices.

… On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., a suit brought by the EEOC on behalf of a Muslim teenager who wore a hijab to her interview for a retail sales position. She was not hired due to the retailer’s “no-cap” policy applicable to all employees regardless of religion. The Supreme Court rejected the employer’s policy defense explaining, in part, that the law gives religious practices “favored treatment.”