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Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [text] against United Parcel Services, Inc. (UPS) [official website] for their discriminatory employment policies. The complaint alleges that UPS's employment policies have violated Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Monday in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [SCOTUSblog materials] in favor of a Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch [corporate website]. The question before the court was whether an employer … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. [docket], the court heard arguments [transcript, PDF] on whether an employer can be liable [questions presented, PDF] under Title VII [text] of the Civil … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Thursday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] to 11 cases, adding them to the docket for decision for the upcoming term. In the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A member of Quebec's separatist Parti Quebecois (PQ) [party website, in French] is proposing a bill that would ban government workers from wearing religious clothing on their heads, including turbans, hijabs and kippas. Bernard Drainville [official profile], the minister who proposed the bill, which is known as the values … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in a sexual abuse case. The woman, known as NS, has been fighting for years to be allowed to wear her niqab while testifying and took her case to the Supreme Court … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that trial court judges may determine on a case-by-case basis whether a Muslim woman should be required to remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying in court. The split-decision upholds the ruling [JURIST report] of the Court of Appeal … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Egypt lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news reporters on Sunday by having Fatma Nabil read the noon news in a headscarf. This broadcast marked the first time a woman appeared on Egyptian state TV wearing a veil in over 50 years. The ban had been perpetuated by … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday challenged European governments to do more to address discrimination against Muslims [report, PDF], especially in the areas of employment and education. The report states that many women are denied jobs or access to classrooms simply because they are wearing traditional forms of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2012

JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that Iraq's handling of the violence perpetrated against an unpopular group of people may ultimately determine the type of state Iraq will evolve into over the course of the coming years...There has been an apparent disturbing … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A Georgia state court judge on Monday reversed his earlier decision blocking a Muslim man from entering his courtroom on three separate occasions on account of the man's religious headwear. Troy "Tariq" Montgomery wears a tight-fitting cap called a kufi—a traditional Muslim symbol of humility. Henry County State Court … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] A Dutch court in the Amsterdam district of Haarlem on Monday upheld [CGB press release, in Dutch] a ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST news archive] at Don Bosco College [academic website, in Dutch], a Catholic school in Volendam. The court stressed that a prohibition on headscarves is in line … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] has agreed to review a lower court order requiring a Muslim woman to remove her niqab [BBC backgrounder] while testifying. The Court of Appeal for Ontario [official website] in October ruled [JURIST report] that a witness does not have to remove her … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] reinstated [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit on Tuesday, allowing a Muslim woman to sue several government parties for forcing her to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib argued that being … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLUGA) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested for refusing to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab, in court. Lisa Valentine was arrested in December 2008 and ordered … [read more]


Professional Commentary
8 May 2010

Christina Abraham [Civil Rights Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -Illinois] "In a feat of apologetic acrobatics, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision [PDF file] in Khatib v. County of Orange affirming a district court's dismissal of a complaint under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that a Muslim woman's religious rights were not violated by police officers when she was forced to remove her religious headscarf [JURIST news archive] while being detained in a holding cell. Souhair Khatib had … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion and order, PDF] a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive] in court. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Thursday dismissed [opinion and order, PDF] a lawsuit against a Michigan judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive] in court. The suit [complaint, PDF] was filed in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday encouraged the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) [official website, in Arabic; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] states to address continuing rights issues [press release], including women's rights, treatment of migrant workers, statelessness, and freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. In … [read more]

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