Although Abercrombie & Fitch claims that it does not put up with discrimination, it has managed to make headline news for several discrimination lawsuits. In its most recent discrimination charge, Abercrombie has been accused of wrongly firing a Muslim worker for wearing a hijab (head scarf).
Abercrombie fired Hani Khan from its Hollister store in San Mateo in 2010 alleging that Khan’s hijab violated its “look policy.” Then in 2011 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie on Khan's behalf.
Abercrombie Argues that the Hijab Violates Company Policy
According to MSN, “the company claimed the head scarf violated its policy governing the look of its employees, which it said was part of its marketing strategy.” They further asserted that this deviation from its look policy would be detrimental to sales.
Judges Ruling on Abercrombie Hijab Case
Last week, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said “the company violated anti-discrimination laws when it fired Hani Khan from its Hollister store.” The judge also found that Abercrombie presented no "credible evidence" that Khan's hijab was detrimental to Abercrombie’s sales.
At the end of the month a jury trial will determine Abercrombie’s liability in the matter.
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