I’m currently winding down my tenure as opinions editor at my school newspaper. Right now we’re in the process of choosing our staff for next year. We’ve had one writer who always hands in his good (for a sophomore) articles in on time, takes the paper very seriously, and would make an excellent editor. He applied for a few page editor (which means you get your own section) positions and would be a good bet to get one if not this year then next year.
However, he’s an Orthodox Jew, which means he can’t work on Friday nights. He’s very dilligent and I’d presume that he’d be able to finish his section before our typical Friday deadline (he could actually finish on Friday so long as he got home before dark). This is not something we can’t accomidate.
Unfortunately, we have two faculty advisers, one who’s an affable guy and the other is such a monster we hum the Darth Vader music when she walks into the room. She has decided that this sophomore won’t be able to get a position next year because he can’t be here Friday nights. The kicker is she probably won’t even give him an associate position, and most associates don’t come on Fridays anyway.
I’m already going to write a letter to the ACLU about this, I hear they give free consultations, but I want to know a) if you think this is a good case and b) what you think the outcome would be.