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Supreme Court: Abercrombie Discriminated vs. Teen's Hijab

Supreme Court finds for Muslim who was denied job

(Newser) - In a ruling that could have wide implications for job applicants who dress according to religious reasons, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 today that Abercrombie and Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman in Tulsa, Okla., by denying her a job because of her headscarf, Reuters reports. Samantha... More »

Supreme Court Adds Muslim Headscarf Case

Housing bias, political contributions also on next docket

(Newser) - Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf clashed with the company's dress code? That's the question in one of the 11 cases the Supreme Court said today it will take on in its new term. The justices... More »

Why Abercrombie & Fitch Is Bleeding Red Ink

CEO Mike Jeffries hasn't changed with the times, critics say

(Newser) - Abercrombie & Fitch has long lured tons of teenage shoppers into its pricey and exclusive stores—but tastes are changing, sales are slipping, and the company is struggling to reinvent itself, writes Matthew Shaer at New York . The mastermind behind A&F's image is CEO Mike Jeffries, a "... More »

Abercrombie's Anti-Bullying Efforts Fall Way Short

For starters, the shirts don't come in plus sizes: Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - Abercrombie & Fitch, the clothing retailer known for firing a woman for wearing a Muslim headscarf and banishing another to the stockroom because of her prosthetic arm , has decided to take on bullying. There's just one problem: The brand's anti-bullying shirts, which bear messages like "Make Bullying... More »

Abercrombie Loses Muslim Headscarf Suit

Chain was wrong to fire worker, judge rules

(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... More »

Situation Sues Abercrombie Over Months-Old Diss

'Jersey Shore' star says retailer infringed on trademarks

(Newser) - Remember three months ago, when Abercrombie & Fitch made us all snicker by offering to pay The Situation to not wear its clothes ? Well, even if you don’t, The Situation does, and the Jersey Shore star is not happy about it. He filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming... More »

Abercrombie Offers Situation Money Not to Wear Its Clothes

Teen retailer has 'deep concerns' about Mike Sorrentino's Jersey Shore image

(Newser) - Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, style icon? Not exactly. Abercrombie & Fitch is offering the Jersey Shore star big bucks not to wear its clothing. The teen retailer has offered a “substantial payment” to Sorrentino “to wear an alternate brand" because of the company's "deep concern"... More »

Abercrombie Slammed for Padded Bikinis for Girls

They were originally called 'push up triangles'

(Newser) - Often-controversial clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is in another pickle, this time for marketing push-up bikini tops to young girls, reports the New York Daily News . Labeled "push up triangles" before Internet outrage prompted a re-naming, the tops are for sale on the Abercrombie Kids website, aimed at children... More »

Sometimes 'Hot' Is in the Job Description

Outrage over retail hiring practices is 'overblown'

(Newser) - American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch have come under fire lately for, apparently, employing only hot people. “Wait—you want people who look good in your clothes to sell them? Oh, the injustice! All the plain people will have to work at Radio Shack!” gasps Mary Elizabeth... More »

Victoria's Secret Store Infested: Bedbugs Are Back

Recent NYC store closures mark comeback

(Newser) - The recent closures of a Victoria's Secret and an Abercrombie & Fitch to rid the New York City stores of bedbugs are only the latest example of the strong comeback the blood-drinking bugs are making worldwide. Bedbugs were largely eradicated from the US in the 1950s, but now they're back... More »

Teens Are Spending Again at the Mall

Sales are up, a promising sign for recovery

(Newser) - One of the retail industry's best friends is back: the teenage mall shopper. For two straight months, stores that cater to young consumers have beat sales expectations. One of the leaders, Abercrombie & Fitch, even snapped a 20-month streak in the red by posting an 8% sales increase in January.... More »

Earnings Drive Dow Up 73

Dow Up 2.5% from week-ago close

(Newser) - Stocks finished off their intraday highs but with solid gains on strong earnings reports from Disney, Abercrombie & Fitch, and JCPenney, the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • The Dow gained 73.00 points to close at 10,270.47.
  • The Nasdaq added 18.86, settling at 2,167.88.
  • The S&
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Abercrombie Sues Beyoncé Over Fierce Fragrance

Retailer says it's already trademarked the name

(Newser) - Abercrombie & Fitch has filed a lawsuit against Beyoncé in a tussle over her new fragrance, named for alter ego Sasha Fierce, Women's Wear Daily reports. A&F says it has owned the Fierce trademark since 2003, and that her plan "poses a likelihood of confusion" in the big-bucks... More »

LL Bean Loses the 'Mom Jeans'

Outdoor outfitter plans trendier line for those who want sporty and chic

(Newser) - The name “LL Bean” brings to mind high-waisted pants, wrinkle-free fabrics, suspenders—certainly not hip, trendy fashion. That could all change, however, with a makeover hitting stores in 2010. “We are looking to really create a new updated fit and style,” says a VP for the new... More »

Fired Disabled Woman: Abercrombie a 'Sweatshop'

Brit won nearly $15K for wrongful dismissal

(Newser) - The 22-year-old British student with a prosthetic arm who won nearly $15,000 in a discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch compares its working conditions to a sweatshop. “I found it disturbing,” Riam Dean tells the Daily Mail. “There were so many people in such a tiny... More »

Abercrombie Loses Lawsuit Over Clerk's Prosthetic Arm

(Newser) - The London woman banished to the Abercrombie & Fitch stockroom because of her prosthetic arm has been awarded more $13,000 by an employment tribunal, the BBC reports. Riam Dean wore a cardigan to cover the joint between her prosthesis and her body, but the sweater clashed with the retailer’... More »

Abercrombie & Fitch Sued By Disabled Clerk

Student 'hidden in back' because prosthetic arm didn't fit trendy 'look'

(Newser) - A British woman with a prosthetic arm is suing Abercrombie & Fitch for workplace discrimination, the Guardian reports. The trendy clothing retailer shifted her to backroom duties to hide her from customers, telling her that a cardigan she wore to cover the link between the prosthesis and her arm contravened... More »

For Teens Hip to the Recession, Cheap Is In

Abercrombie takes a back seat to discounts, value brands

(Newser) - For the oft-studied, rarely understood teen demographic, cheap is the new black. Teen spending is off 14% this spring, the New York Times reports, reflecting the larger economic crisis. But the recession has also caused a realignment among the stores teens find hip, as discounters and heavy promoters become popular... More »

Retail Pummels Stocks; Dow Off 338

Weekly declines inflated by Friday sell-off

(Newser) - Poor earnings dragged the markets down today, as consumers’ reluctance to spend continues to hammer firms reliant on discretionary spending, MarketWatch reports. The day's losses capped weekly declines of at least 5% for all the indices. The Dow fell 337.94 to close at 8,497. The Nasdaq lost 79.... More »

Wal-Mart Leads Feb. Retail Rally

Overall sales jump doubles expectations, calms consumer spending fears

(Newser) - Big retailers showed unexpected signs of life in February, beating weak sales predictions to inject some hope into the market. Wal-Mart led the way, posting a 2.6% same-store increase, beating its own predictions of flat-to-2% growth. Overall, same-store sales climbed 1.9%, with more than half of retailers beating... More »

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