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EEOC sues Folks restaurants for religious discrimination

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources

The EEOC has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Folks, the metro Atlanta and North Georgia restaurant chain, for allegedly refusing to employ a woman because of her religious attire.

After receiving a job offer, Erica Campbell says she requested permission to wear her hijab, an Islamic head scarf, on the job. Folks refused, saying it would violate the company’s dress code. When Campbell told a hiring official that she had to wear the hijab to comply with her religious beliefs, the company rescinded its job offer.

Tip: Federal law requires employers to accommodate employees’ religious attire unless it poses undue hardships. The law and the EEOC define “hardship” fairly strictly—for example, when it poses safety hazards or interferes with job performance.

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