A Bone Fide Occupational Qualification refers to an attribute that employers look for in employees that in other contexts would be viewed as discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from refusing employment or termination employment of a worker based on sex, religion, national origin and race. There is also the Age Discrimination in Employment Act that forbids employers from discriminating against individuals over the age of 40. However, there may be instances where a business needs a certain type of employee, so the organization would be allowed to advertise that when looking for new hires. An example would be a private high school that teachers a certain religious doctrine. They would be allowed to only hire people who are part of that denomination even though in other circumstances, that would be viewed as discrimination.
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