Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch in Headscarf Case

High court announces four decisions Monday.

Abercrombie acknowledged that was why Elauf was not hired.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Abercrombie on Elauf’s behalf, but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals contended that Abercrombie was not liable because Elauf did not provide actual notice of the need for a religious accommodation during her job interview.

Here is a look at some other SCOTUS rulings:

Man Who Posted Threatening Lyrics on Facebook Will Get New Trial

Seven justices overturned a conviction against aspiring rapper Anthony Douglas “Tone Dougie” Elonis after he posted threatening messages in the form of rap lyrics on Facebook. Two examples include lyrics that appeared to be against his wife and lyrics referring to a kindergarten school:

“That’s it, I’ve had about enoughI’m checking out and making a name for myself Enough elementary schools in a ten mile radius to initiate the most heinous school shooting ever imagined And hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a Kindergarten classThe only question is . . . which one?”

At Elonis’s trial, the jury was instructed to convict if a reasonable person would have interpreted Elonis’s statements as threats. The jury convicted and sentenced Elonis to three years eight months in prison.

But the Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, held that the government had been required to make a stronger showing about Elonis’s state of mind. It actually didn’t clarify exactly what standard should govern—it’s clear that intent to convey a threat would be enough, but the Court left open whether recklessness would be sufficient. The Court did not squarely address any First Amendment issues, but the bottom line is that this is a win for Elonis, who will get a new trial.

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