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Reverse discrimination cases in Maryland

While anti-discrimination laws were enacted in order to prevent discrimination against workers due to their minority status, reverse discrimination in which members of a historically favored majority class are discriminated against may also run afoul of the law. These cases are typically based on claims that the majority class member was discriminated against in favor of a minority class member for such things as job promotions and hiring decisions.

Abercrombie employment discrimination case in U.S. Supreme Court

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have significance for Maryland job seekers who wear religious garments. An employment discrimination legal battle stemming from a woman's exclusion from hiring at Abercrombie Kids apparel store because of her headscarf has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In the opening oral arguments before the justices, Abercrombie and Fitch's lawyers argued that its decision was legal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the law that forbids employers to refuse to hire someone based on their religion unless it creates an "undue hardship" for the business.

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