Safety trumps bias claim in case of ‘no skirts’ rule

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A Mississippi county had a “no-skirts” rule for its female sheriff’s deputies, citing safety and security risks. When a deputy refused to follow the rule after she became a member of a Pentecostal church, she was terminated. She sued for religious and sex discrimination. The court tossed out those claims, saying the uniform policy was neutral and based on safety and security. (Finnie v. Lee County, ND, Miss.)

The lesson: One of the few times you can overrule an employee’s religious accommodation requests is when safety is involved.

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