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Not hiring bikini models? Think twice before excluding men from job assignments

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There are some jobs where the employee’s sex is a “bona fide occupational qualification”—but not many. For the vast majority of positions, employers can’t exclude people of one sex and only hire members of the opposite sex.

Unless you are hiring a bikini model, expect courts to find that your refusal to consider male applicants violates Title VII’s sex discrimination provisions. After a recent appellate decision, it seems unlikely that one-sex hiring will survive legal scrutiny.

Recent case: When the San Fran­cisco Sheriff’s Department became concerned that male guards sometimes victimized female inmates, it barred male sheriff deputies from supervising female inmates at its county jails.

According to the San Francisco sheriff, the policy was adopted to prevent sexual misconduct between male deputies and female inmates, protect the privacy of female inmates and promote successful rehabilitation of inmates.

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