Court rejects religious accommodation challenge to a pants-only rule justified by safety concerns

Eugene Volokh volokh at mail.law.ucla.edu
Mon Oct 8 19:11:57 PDT 2001


    EEOC v. Oak-Rite Mfg. Corp., 2001 WL 1168156 (S.D. Ind. Aug. 27),
rejects a Title VII religious accommodation claim brought by a woman who
felt a religious obligation to wear a skirt rather than pants.  The employer
had a pants-only rule justified by safety concerns; the rule "is intended to
reduce the exposure of skin to sharp metal parts and the risk that loose
clothing could become stuck on parts or machinery."

    Eugene
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