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April 2015 Archives

Must I Mention a Religious Accommodation During My Job Interview?

The United States Supreme Court is looking at this very issue in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, No. 14-86. This case arises out of a 2008 incident whereby now plaintiff, Samantha Elauf, a Muslim applicant, sought employment with Abercrombie & Fitch. At the time, Abercrombie & Fitch maintained a "Look Policy" which generally instructs employees to present themselves, in dress, in accordance with the stores "East Coast-collegiate brand." If an employee violates the Look Policy, such as dressing in black clothes and caps, doing so is grounds for termination or in Elauf's case, a refusal to hire.

Is it Ok to Fight back? Sexual Advances In the Workplace.

That was the argument the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was met with in the case of Speed v. WES Health System1 in February of this year. WES's employee, Shameka Speed had complained to her boss on several occasions that her male coworker was making sexual and derogatory advances toward her in the workplace. Despite her reports and protests, Speed was forced to continue to work with the employee and when the advances peaked, she fought back. Ultimately, both employees were fired.

Potholes pose potential safety issue for motorists

With a particularly harsh winter behind us, things have warmed up considerably and Philadelphia residents are undoubtedly enjoying it immensely. Because the winter was harsher than usual, though, the pothole problem is that much worse this spring. Road crews across the region have already begun the task of making much needed repairs. Since January, thousands of potholes have been filled and more work undoubtedly remains.

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