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Looking Beyond the Veil

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24 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 547 (2017)


From establishments of state religions to bans on headscarves, religious minorities experience discrimination. In the post-September 11, 2001, world, Muslim women in particular have faced harsh forms of discrimination and stereotyping; this stigma has only been worsened with the recent influx of immigrants into Europe. With increasing numbers of immigrants, some countries have attempted to assimilate minority religious groups by banning the religious use of headscarves. EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., a case from the United States Supreme Court, was a break for Muslim women. This case, which involved a Muslim plaintiff, held that religious practices are to be given favored treatment by employers in the workplace. This Note reads the Abercrombie case against the background of the First Amendment's Religion Clauses, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and globalization. Given the widespread discrimination that Muslim women currently face across the globe, this Note considers what steps the international community might take next to protect not only Muslim women but also other religious minorities in the workplace.