October 15, 2013
“High Fashion or Religious Fervor? Headwear Laws Fraught With Trouble” is Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson’s latest op-ed piece in the National Law Journal.
She writes, “Passion about head coverings is not limited to intense interest in Kate Middleton’s latest hat or fascinator. Retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, well known for its ‘look policies,’ lost a court battle last month to prohibit its employees from wearing headscarves but won a different federal appeal earlier this month because a 17-year-old employee did not make explicit the religious motives for her scarf. And earlier this month, Turkey made news by further lifting its long-standing ban on headscarves, even while maintaining the prohibition for women judges, prosecutors and members of the military.”
Prof. Robson is an expert on constitutional law and sexuality issues and is the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog. Her latest book is Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy From Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.