Abercrombie & Fitch found guilty of discrimination
In the US a federal judge this week ruled Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker who insisted on wearing a headscarf.
The Daily Mail reported U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled that the company had violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired Hani Khan, then 20, from its Hollister store in San Mateo, California, in 2010.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Khan's behalf in 2011.
The company had claimed the headscarf violated its policy governing the look of its employees, which it said was part of its marketing strategy. The store argued that deviating from its look policy would affect sales.
Hani Khan worked in the stockroom of the store in the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo from 2009 to February 2010. When hired, she had agreed to wear only white, navy, or grey headscarves.
However after a district manager visited the store, Khan was asked by the corporation to take off the headscarf entirely while at work and was told it didn't comply with the company's "look policy." Khan refused to remove her scarf and was subsequently fired.
She was represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which was to file a lawsuit along with the San Francisco district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Abercrombie's policy bans headwear, not just hijabs, but Khan joins at least two other Muslim women who have sued Abercrombie for having allegedly been fired or denied a job due to their headscarves.
Last month A&F lost another legal dispute over claims that the design of its stores discriminated against disabled customers.
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