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Patient in '16-hour trolley wait'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 04:36
A patient with breathing problems spent 16 hours on a trolley at a hospital that hours later was put on "black alert", her daughter says.

VIDEO: MPs deny 'cash for access' claims

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 04:32
MPs Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw are secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds.

Middleton to coach England's women

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 04:16
Simon Middleton is to take over as head coach of the England women's XV from May, and remains in charge of the Sevens squad.

Sierra Leone orphanage quarantined

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 04:15
An orphanage run by a UK charity in Sierra Leone is quarantined after one of its local staff is diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.

Tax is just one of HSBC’s problems

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 04:13
The headlines might focus on one issue, but the whole bank is labouring.

Pair jailed as 75 animals put down

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:48
Two County Down farmers are jailed for four months after vets had to put down 75 animals on their farm.

Syria trio 'not radicalised' at school

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:47
No evidence three schoolgirls, thought to be heading to Syria to join Islamic State militants, were radicalised at Bethnal Green Academy, its principal says.

650ft-fall man 'bumps into rescuers'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:43
A man who plunged 650ft (200m) down a Cumbria mountain in a blizzard stumbles into a team of "amazed" rescuers.

Phones can be tracked by battery use

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:41
Android phones can be tracked without using their GPS or wi-fi data by studying their power use over time, a study finds.

Tories suspend Rifkind after 'sting'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:38
Ex-Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is suspended from the Conservative Party in Parliament after being secretly filmed apparently offering his services to a private company for cash.

Leaders' TV debate schedules set

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:29
David Cameron and Ed Miliband will go head-to-head in a live TV debate a week before the general election, broadcasters say.

Fuel price calculator: How much do you pay?

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:25
Find out if you are paying over the odds

EastEnders live rehearsal led to fire

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:17
A rehearsal for a fireworks display on EastEnders celebrating the soap's 30th anniversary caused a real-life blaze, it emerges.

WHO calls for action over Mers virus

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:12
Too little is being done to control the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has infected 50 people in Saudi Arabia so far this month, the World Health Organization warns.

Day in pictures: 23 February 2015

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:12
Images from around the world: 23 February

Retail sales growth dips, says CBI

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:11
February saw UK retail sales fall back - against expectations - according to a survey by the business lobby group, the CBI.

Fifty Shades holds US box office

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:09
Erotic film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey maintains its number one position for second weekend at the North American box office, taking an estimated $23.2m (£15m).

Man injured in 'small explosion'

BBC - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:06
A man is receiving treatment in hospital after he suffered burns in what firefighters describe as a possible "small explosion".

Ukraine Says It Can't Withdraw Weapons, Citing Attacks During Truce

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:04

Noting deadly attacks by Russian-backed separatists who have renewed a push near the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine says it can't withdraw heavy weapons from the front lines.

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Supreme Court considers A&F religious head dress case

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-23 03:00

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday about whether a teenager was discriminated against by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch seven years ago, when a local store manager in Tulsa, Oklahoma did not hire the teen for a job after she showed up to her interview wearing a head dress.

Abercrombie never asked about the then-17-year-old girl's religious affiliation. She is Muslim. The teen did not discuss her religion, either, but also never asked the company to accommodate her wearing a head dress should she be hired.

At the time, Abercrombie had a policy of banning its retail workers from wearing any head coverings, namely hats. Since then, the company has altered its policy to allow for religious exemptions.

When the hiring manager informed a supervisor of the applicant's head dress, and said she guessed that it was worn for religious reasons, the supervisor cited the head covering ban and the teen was not hired.

"The applicant never said, I need a religious accommodation," says Jonathan Segal, a partner at Duane Morris, where he specializes in employment law, among other areas.

When Abercrombie didn't hire the applicant, it was relying on established practice that someone has to volunteer their religious affiliation first and ask a company to accommodate them, says Segal.

"The key is whether the applicant needs to say it, or whether the employer has constructive knowledge," says Segal, clarifying that constructive knowledge means whether Abercrombie should have known that the applicant's head scarf was for religious purposes - just as a yarmulke is often worn by those of the Jewish faith.

Michael Delikat, who heads the labor law practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, says that notion complicates the job interview process.

"If Abercrombie is to lose, it definitely puts employers in a more perilous position," says Delikat, because employers will have to walk a fine line: avoid asking employees about religion but also shouldering a greater burden to avoid any potential discrimination that may occur from observable characteristics.

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