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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 ​occupationalqualification for the ​job of ​flight cabin attendant.
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