Muslim Woman Denied Job Over Head Scarf Wins In Supreme Court Ruling 8 -1; Sole Dissenter Clarence Thomas

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday June 01, 2015 revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a head scarf. The company said the scarf clashed with its dress code, which called for a “classic East Coast collegiate style.”


“This is really easy,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in announcing the decision from the bench.


The company, he said, at least suspected that the applicant, Samantha Elauf, wore the head scarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision not to hire her, Justice Scalia said, was motivated by a desire to avoid accommodating her religious practice. That was enough, he concluded, to allow her to sue under a federal employment discrimination law.


The vote was 8 to 1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting.


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