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Telebriefs®: Abercrombie & Fitch Case

af-logoLate last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a news-making legal battle between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. The case involves a Muslim woman who applied for a job with Abercrombie & Fitch and was denied employment because the black hijab she wore to the interview conflicted with the company’s “look policy,” which prohibits the wearing of caps and black clothing. The EEOC filed a case in Federal Court on her behalf, claiming Abercrombie & Fitch violated the religious accommodation provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Though the agency won at the Federal trial level, it lost in the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. The Supreme Court’s decision, which will come down in May or June this year, is important for employers in that it will further delineate an employer’s obligations to accommodate and inquire into the a particular applicant or employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs, customs, or attire. Other topics covered in February’s second Telebrief® include recent developments related to Section 7 rights of employees under the National Labor Relations Act, minimum wage hikes at Walmart and other major companies, an extension of the Family and Medical Leave Act to protect same-sex couples, and more. To read more or to listen to the February 25th Telebrief®, or to listen to past installments, please click here.  


Geared to executives with employee relations responsibilities (HR directors, supervisors, managers, business owners), Labor and Employment Telebriefs® are information-packed 30 minute briefings via the telephone. Telebriefs® provide information and insights to help executives stay current with latest workplace law developments and in front of trends so as to enable proactive policy making and management . On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9 – 9:30 am ET, join Offit Kurman Labor & Employment Chair Howard Kurman, as he discusses developments occurring over the past two-three weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. The focus is squarely on the practical. Why is this event significant for employers? What are the lessons to be learned or actions taken? These twice-monthly teleconferences are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest Labor and Employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company.  Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call! If you have any questions regarding  labor and employment issues please contact Howard Kurman: | 410.209.6417


Howard Kurman website Howard K. Kurman is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn. WASHINGTON | BALTIMORE | FREDERICK | PHILADELPHIA | WILMINGTON | VIRGINIA