In 2014, the Supreme Court interpreted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as allowing to employers to interfere with the federal rights of their employees based on a trivial burden on their religious beliefs. Not surprisingly, the decision is now being used by a federal judge to trump the Civil Rights Act. The opinion is a marriage of two bad Republican tastes: an implausibly expansive interpretation or RFRA combined with an artificially narrow interpretation to Title VII. And we’ll be seeing more of this until Hobby Lobby is overruled, as the next Democratic-majority Court should.
Hiltzik has more.