PJI hopes high court balances religious freedom, freedom to operate business

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case today, February 25,  that many employers around the country are giving serious attention.  

In 2008, a teenage Muslim applied for a job at an Abercrombie and Fitch store in Tulsa, Oklahoma wearing a head scarf, or hijab. She explained it was for religious reasons but the store didn't hire her because it didn't fit their employee dress code. She filed suit and the case is now before the Supreme Court.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)Attorney Brad Dacus, who heads Pacific Justice Institute, comments on the case: "We hope that this court, in the end, will respect the existing law that requires reasonable accommodation to sincerely held religious beliefs but not do so in a manner that skews it to hurt businesses in the United States."

Dacus says there needs to be a degree of religious accommodation regardless of one's faith but not if the business would be forced to alter policy that is part of its business image.

"The attempts by Muslims to want to force employers to majorly modify their dress code, in a way that is divergent from the way this business owner wants to do business and portray themselves, is a direct affront to the kind of conscience of the free marketplace and the ability for businesses in the United States to function and flourish," he tells OneNewsNow.

The court documents from the company indicate the store didn't want to deviate from its Ivy League-style dress code.

The plaintiff, Samantha Elauf, had Abercrombie and Fitch clothing in her personal wardrobe but had been wearing the hijab since age 18. 

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