Abercrombie & Fitch's Dress Code Taken to Supreme Court for Alleged Discrimination

Samantha Elauf , abercrombie & fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch has faced a lot of criticism over the years, mainly because of their hot, half-naked models. So this latest controversy may not be a surprise to some people. The popular clothing company is accused of discriminating against a job applicant whose conservative clothing violated their "look policy."

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Samantha Elauf said that she was refused a job at Abercrombie Kids in Tulsa because she wore a hijab and that was against their policy. So the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued on her behalf and won. However, the US circuit court of appeals reversed that decision, so the case will be heard by the Supreme Court, which will rule on whether the company discriminated against Elauf's religious beliefs.

From a layman's perspective, the answer seems to be a resounding "yes." It's not as though she is wearing the head scarf as a fashion statement or even to make some political point. It is a tenet of her religion and that should be respected by all employers in this country. 

From Abercrombie's point of view, they did nothing wrong. They claim that Elauf did not inform them that she needed to wear the scarf for religious reasons, and since they were not informed, they had every right to deny her employment.

However, this isn't the first EEOC discrimination lawsuit the company had faced. A judge determined the company fired a Muslim worker because she refused to remove her hijab during work. That's just not right, no matter how you spin it. 

Do you think Abercrombie was wrong for denying this woman a job?

 

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