Abercrombie Loses Muslim Headscarf Suit
Chain was wrong to fire worker, judge rules
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2013 1:27 AM CDT
Hani Khan, a former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch, was fired for refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – More controversy for Abercrombie & Fitch: A Muslim stockroom worker fired for wearing a headscarf has won her anti-discrimination case against the clothing chain, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A federal judge ruled the chain violated the religious rights of the woman and there was no "credible evidence" to back up its claim that the woman cost the company sales by deviating from its "Look" policy, which requires workers to dress in a "natural, classic American style."

The woman, who may be awarded damages by a jury later this month, wore a headscarf to her job interview and was allowed to wear one in company colors for months before she was spotted by a district manager, the judge noted. "At the heart of this case is the belief that no one should ever have to choose between their religion and their work," says a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The firm—which had already granted exemptions to its dress code for Jewish yarmulkes and the headscarves of at least 16 other women—has now updated its policy to allow hijabs. Its "Look" policy led to a lawsuit in Britain a few years ago, when a woman with a prosthetic arm sued after being shifted to backroom duties. She won her case and was awarded $12,000.

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Sep 15, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
These stores have that horrible perfumes permeating the stores. Its the same at Hollister. I realize I'm not their target demo but I do buy gift cards for the nieces and nephews. So I just avoid them and give cards from stores I can visit without having a horrible headache.
Sep 15, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
Women need the Shindoo religion. That's totally naked. Abercrombie must allow it or else face another fine.
Sep 13, 2013 2:19 AM CDT
What is she doing in a clothing store? She doesn't know anything about normal clothes. I would be turned off being served by someone that looked like that, too. I can see that store losing sales on account of her drapery