Why this Supreme Court decision directly impacts equal opportunity in the U.S.

Samantha Elauf wears a head scarf for religious reasons like many Muslim women. It not surprising that Samantha wore her head scarf to apply for jobs in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 2008. When Samantha filled out an application for Abercrombie & Fitch, the company said her head scarf clashed with its dress code – which calls for a “classic East Coast collegiate style” – and refused to hire her. Sounds like basic employment discrimination to me…

Luckily the Supreme Court agrees with me. On June 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samantha on the grounds that “An employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.”

Samantha said “I was born in the United States, and I thought I was the same as everyone else…  Observance of my faith should not prevent me from getting a job.”

samantha eluf

 Photo Credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Samantha’s victory in the Supreme Court is a message to the entire nation that workplace discrimination is not acceptable, and Americans will not sit idly by while corporations break the law. The laws are in place to protect everyone, and should be implemented as such.


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