FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission approved strict new rules for Internet providers that would expand the agency’s oversight of the country’s high-speed broadband providers, regulating them like a public utility. Several of the “Bright-Line Rules” ban practices, such as blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization that are known to harm the open internet. Read articles in the New York Times and USA Today.
Religious Accommodations in Employment
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. The question presented is whether an employer can be liable under Title VII for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging and employee based on a “religious observance and practice” only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required and the employer’s actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice for the applicant or employee. In this case, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Abercrombie was not liable under Title VII of the Civil Right Act because the Muslim job applicant, who wore a religious headscarf known as a hijab to a job interview, never informed the hiring manager that she required an accommodation. Read articles in SCOTUSblog and the Atlantic.