Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

The case being argued Wednesday explores when an employer must take steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of a worker or job applicant. Central to the case is that applicant Samantha Elauf never explicitly voiced her religious views or her need to wear a headscarf on the job — although the assistant store manager who interviewed her correctly assumed Elauf was a Muslim who dressed that way for religious reasons.

Abercrombie & Fitch has since changed its policy on headscarves and settled similar lawsuits elsewhere.