Can American Companies Refuse to Hire Women in Hijab?

Can American Companies Refuse to Hire Women in Hijab?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case brought by a young Muslim from Tulsa, Okla., against retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch; a ruling is expected later this year. Samantha Elauf’s attorneys claim that when she applied for a job at age 17, she was discriminated against because she wore a hijab (in violation of the storewide “look” policy). Was there really no way for the company to innovate a solution that incorporated Elauf’s right to religious expression? Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.


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Brad Hirschfield

Brad Hirschfield is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Brad has been featured on ABC's Nightline UpClose, PBS's Frontline, Fox News and National Public Radio. He wrote a long-standing column, "For God's Sake," for the Washington Post, and has also written for The Huffington Post and He authored the book, You Don?t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Brad also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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