Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It's U.S. Supreme Court Season Again

From now until the end of June when the justices leave for their various holiday destinations, the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down decisions on the hardest cases before it this term. Monday it decided a case about wearing headscarfs and another about Facebook postings. On NPR’s All Things Considered Nina Totenberg reports here about the two decisions. The first holds that the clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch cannot refuse to hire a young woman who wore a headscarf for religious reasons because this refusal violates a law which forbids employers to discriminate in hiring based on religion. The second reversed the conviction of someone who made threats of violence on his Facebook page. Totenberg's presentation of the second case can be found here. 5 min 38 sec, transcript available.
Update: Totenberg continues with a short piece on the effect on employers of the headscarf decision.  1 min 56 sec. transcript available.