In addition to the Elonis case regarding threatening statements made on social media (which we discussed yesterday) the Supreme Court issued other decisions this week in high-profile cases. These include EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch and Mellouli v. Lynch. We covered the arguments in Mellouli in January. To recap, the case involved a permanent resident who pleaded guilty to possessing drug paraphernalia (a sock with Adderrall in it) under a state statute that did not mention a controlled substance. He was ordered removed from the U.S. under a federal statute that provided for removal of non-citizens who violated state laws regarding controlled substances as defined in federal law. After evaluating the federal and state statutes in question, the Court found yesterday that the non-citizen's drug paraphernalia conviction did not merit deportation. SCOTUS Blog provides detailed analysis of the Court's opinion.
Abercrombie dealt with issues of accommodating religious practices in employment, and involved a Muslim woman who had brought a discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against the retailer for failing to hire her because she wore a headscarf in violation of the store's policy regarding head coverings. The Court reversed the decision of the appellate court, finding that Abercrombie & Fitch could be held liable for failing to provide a religious accommodation. For full details, see the opinion analysis from SCOTUS Blog.
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