Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications
The word bona fide is of Latin origin and means in good faith. Bona Fide Occupational Qualifications (BFOQ) is an employment practice that would allow discrimination as to certain individuals of a particular religion, gender, national origin, or age range (but not race or color) when the discrimination is necessary for the normal performance of the duties of that particular occupation. Based on the Dothard v. Rawlinson (1977) Supreme Court case outcome, women can be excluded from jobs as prison guards in an all-male, maximum-security prison because of the assault possibilities and the security risks posed for other guards and inmates.
For example, a designer of women’s clothes by necessity is permitted to hire only female models to show off new designs. Such practices are not illegal under federal law. In addition, religious organizations and universities are allowed to hire only members of that religion even if religion is not a bona fide occupational qualification for that position.
Describe bona fide occupational qualifications (BFOQ) and then write a persuasive paper where you argue for or against using BFOQ in the military. Please use research to justify your response.
Your paper should be short (2–3 pages, not including the cover sheet, references, and assessment sheet) and to the point. You are expected to deal with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.
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