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bona fide occupational qualificationnoun [C]

uk   us   (abbreviation BFOQ) HR, LAW
a reason employers in the US can give for employing someone from a particular religious, age, etc. group if they can prove that people who do not belong to that group would not be suitable for the job: Being female is not a bona fide occupational qualification for the job of flight cabin attendant.
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