Meaning of “bona fide occupational qualification” in the English Dictionary

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"bona fide occupational qualification" in Business English

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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.

(Definition of “bona fide occupational qualification” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)