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Failure To Hire Due To “Jewish Blood” May Constitute Race Discrimination Under Title VII - Labor and Employment Law News

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Posted on: Aug 2, 2018

From JDSupra:

A federal magistrate in the Western District of Louisiana has issued what appears to be the first ruling under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that someone who is Jewish may be protected from race discrimination under the statute. In Bonadona v. Louisiana College, the Court ruled that an individual who was born to a Jewish mother but converted to Christianity could proceed with his Title VII claim on the basis that Jews are a protected “race” under Title VII. Plaintiff, a practicing Baptist who had been born into a Jewish family, alleged that the College violated Title VII’s prohibition against racial discrimination when it refused to hire him because of his “Jewish descent” and what the College’s President called Plaintiff’s “Jewish blood.” The College moved to dismiss on the ground that Plaintiff’s “Jewish ethnic heritage” does not qualify as a race under Title VII.

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