bona fide occupational qualification


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bona fide occupational qualification

A factor used to determine whether a person can be employed1 in an position based on a parameter (e.g., the person’s sex) that might otherwise be viewed as discriminatory—e.g., the hiring by an airline of a female for the position of flight attendant is not acceptable either because the company assumes that females are more caring and effective in soothing passengers, or because the airline wishes to project a more “attractive” image, whereas on the other hand, a person’s sex can be viewed as a BFOQ in some certain situations, such as hiring male guards over female guards in an understaffed high-security male prison which has a high number of sex offenders.
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There are so many instances where the matter of sex is a bona fide occupational qualification.
If this Commission should declare sex to be a bona fide occupational qualification as requested by the carriers for the position of flight attendant, it would put TWU's fight against discrimination on account of sex back to the frustrating days when the fight began and it would undo all the progress that has been made thus far in eliminating such discrimination.
I have often found that students do not clearly understand the concept of Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications, without seeing specific examples of BFOQs.
The only other exception is part of the Title VII statute, the bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exception.
religion, sex, or national origin [of an employee] in those certain instances where religion, sex, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of [the] particular business.
She provides an overview of human rights rulings and discusses three fundamental concepts in human tights law: the duty to accommodate, bona fide occupational qualifications, and the distinction between direct and indirect discrimination.
The name given to this clause was Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQ).