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Examples of Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, the Title VII provision was established, providing protection for employees against employer discrimination, including that based upon gender, age, race, color, religion, and nationality. Under this law, however, there are certain exceptions for employers, called bona fide occupational qualifications, which allow employers to discriminate when hiring employees. In certain cases, if a job’s responsibilities require employees to identify with a particular class, or trait, an employer is protected against discrimination charges.

Unfortunately, there are many companies that still discriminate against people when hiring without having bona fide occupational qualifications. At The Melton Law Firm, our Austin civil rights lawyers endeavor to protect the rights of our clients who have been mistreated and unfairly discriminated against by a company. Contact our team of passionately committed attorneys at 512-330-0017 today if you have been subjected to these illegal actions.

Acceptable Instances of Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications

In special circumstances, a company may not be charged with discrimination if they have valid occupational qualifications. Examples where a company may use bona fide occupational qualifications as a reason for only hiring certain people include:

  • Female model for a women’s clothing store
  • Only hiring people who practice the religion of a religious organization
  • Hiring police officers of only a certain age
  • Hiring an employee of the same gender to staff/monitor a single gender corrections facility
  • Age limits for airplane pilots and bus drivers

Despite there being several cases where discrimination is legal, there are countless other cases where people are unfairly discriminated against, stopping them from having the same opportunities as others.

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Do not allow a company to violate your legal rights in employment decisions. Contact a qualified Austin civil rights attorney of The Melton Law Firm, by calling 512-330-0017.

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