RESPECT THE ABAYA OR PAY

What is an “abaya?” It is a loose-fitting ankle-length overgarment worn by Muslim women that conceals the outline of the wearer’s body. It is required by their faith, and if an agency refuses to reasonably accommodate an employee or applicant who wishes to wear one, the EEOC has just made it clear it will go after them. It is suing …

Greyhound bus for denying a driver the right to wear one and instead allowing only a knee length garment.  Greyhound said this was necessary for safety reasons. EEOC disagreed pointing out that, prior to applying at Greyhound, the driver had successfully completed her commercial driving license training and had satisfactorily completed all Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration examinations while wearing the abaya. She also was employed for one year as a tractor-trailer driver while wearing the abaya.

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