Muslim Hijab: Dress Code or Discrimination?

03/01/2015

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case.
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  • The justices are considering whether a clothing store can deny employment to someone for wearing a religious headcovering.
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  • Seven years ago Samantha Elauf sought employment with the clothing store company Abercrombie and Fitch.
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  • At the same time, she was a 17-year-old with a love of fashion.
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  • She seemed the perfect candidate for the job.
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  • Ms. Elauf went to her job interview wearing a religious head covering called a hijab.
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  • She says she was denied employment because of it.
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  • Eric Baxter is a lawyer with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
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  • He is leading the legal action in support of Ms. Elauf.
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  • "She could not remove her headscarf for a job interview without remaining true to herself, and Abercrombie refused to hire her because she was true to her religious beliefs."
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  • Abercrombie and Fitch says it did not object to Samantha Elauf's headscarf for religious reasons.
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  • It says the headscarf does not meet the company's dress code for employees.
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  • Zainab Choudry went to the Supreme Court to support Ms. Elauf.
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  • She says she understands the difficulties of wearing a headscarf.
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  • "You never know if - you know - if the reason that you aren't hired for a job is because of the hijab versus something else.
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  • I have had prospective employers ask me questions about my faith, about my background."
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  • Yolanda Rondon is a lawyer with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
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  • She says if the court rules in favor of the company it could permit all employers to discriminate against people of any faith.
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  • "They'll be able to not hire persons they perceive of a religious faith they do not like or does not promote their brand image."
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  • The Supreme Court will rule on the case in May.
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  • I'm Marsha James.
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  • Words in this Story
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  • symbol - n., an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality
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  • dress code - n., a set of rules about what clothing may and may not be worn at a school, office, job, etc.
  • 25
  • implication - n., a possible future effect or result
  • 26
  • perceive - v., to notice or become aware of (something)
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  • promote -v., to make (something) more popular, well-know, etc.
  • 1
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case. The justices are considering whether a clothing store can deny employment to someone for wearing a religious headcovering.
  • 2
  • Seven years ago Samantha Elauf sought employment with the clothing store company Abercrombie and Fitch. At the same time, she was a 17-year-old with a love of fashion. She seemed the perfect candidate for the job.
  • 3
  • Ms. Elauf went to her job interview wearing a religious head covering called a hijab. She says she was denied employment because of it.
  • 4
  • Eric Baxter is a lawyer with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is leading the legal action in support of Ms. Elauf.
  • 5
  • "She could not remove her headscarf for a job interview without remaining true to herself, and Abercrombie refused to hire her because she was true to her religious beliefs."
  • 6
  • Abercrombie and Fitch says it did not object to Samantha Elauf's headscarf for religious reasons. It says the headscarf does not meet the company's dress code for employees.
  • 7
  • Zainab Choudry went to the Supreme Court to support Ms. Elauf. She says she understands the difficulties of wearing a headscarf.
  • 8
  • "You never know if - you know - if the reason that you aren't hired for a job is because of the hijab versus something else. I have had prospective employers ask me questions about my faith, about my background."
  • 9
  • Yolanda Rondon is a lawyer with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. She says if the court rules in favor of the company it could permit all employers to discriminate against people of any faith.
  • 10
  • "They'll be able to not hire persons they perceive of a religious faith they do not like or does not promote their brand image."
  • 11
  • The Supreme Court will rule on the case in May.
  • 12
  • I'm Marsha James.
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  • ____________________________________________________________
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  • Words in this Story
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  • symbol - n., an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality
  • 16
  • dress code - n., a set of rules about what clothing may and may not be worn at a school, office, job, etc.
  • 17
  • implication - n., a possible future effect or result
  • 18
  • perceive - v., to notice or become aware of (something)
  • 19
  • promote -v., to make (something) more popular, well-know, etc.