What Is a BFOQ?
Discrimination in hiring is a serious problem in the US. However, businesses do sometimes have a legitimate reason to hire members of a specific demographic for a certain job. This is known as a bona-fide occupational qualification, or BFOQ. It is important for job applicants to be familiar with the concept of a BFOQ, because it can be the difference between legal selection and illegal discrimination.
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in hiring, our class action attorneys can help you understand your rights and fight to protect them. To learn more about your legal options, call Feazell & Tighe, LLP, at 877-508-0588.
Examples of BFOQs
In most cases, it is illegal for businesses to hire or not hire people based on their age, race, religion, disabilities, gender, or nation of origin. However, there are some cases where a business is justified in hiring people based on these traits. Some examples include:
- A maternity clothing store that is hiring models for advertising is legally allowed to only hire women.
- An airline is legally allowed to avoid hiring pilots with certain disabilities, such as blindness, for safety reasons.
- Filmmakers may hire actors based on physical traits such as age, race, or gender.
When employers have been accused of discrimination in hiring, they will often use bona-fide occupational qualifications as a legal defense. This is why it is important to be familiar with these laws before pursuing a discrimination claim. If you have any questions about BFOQs and your case, our discrimination class action attorneys can help.
The discrimination class action lawyers of Feazell & Tighe, LLP, are prepared to handle a variety of legal cases. To discuss how we may be able to help you, contact us by calling 877-508-0588.