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July 17, 2015

The Case for Business Insurance: The HR Professional’s Guide

In early June, the US Supreme Court ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch Co. failed to hire job applicant Samantha Elauf in part because she wore hijab, a headscarf many Muslims wear to show modesty. Elauf was apparently recommended for hire by her interviewer, but ultimately not offered the position when it was deemed her headscarf was not in accordance with the company’s “look policy,” which bans headwear.

The case is being hailed as a victory by the EEOC and religious rights groups, but for HR professionals, it sets an important precedent about how religious accommodations must be handled during the hiring process.

While hiring and firing are two highly charged events [...]

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