An Abercrombie & Fitch headscarf lawsuit has been ruled on by a judge in California. On Sept. 9, BBC News reported that Hani Khan was fired from a store for wearing a headscarf. Although Khan is Muslim, the clothing retailer fired her because her "accessory" violated their policy and they claimed that sales would decrease because of it.
"Ms Khan had initially been hired at Hollister, a store under Abercrombie and Fitch's corporate umbrella, with the understanding she would be able to wear her headscarf to work, according to court records. But four months into her employment, a district manager suspended her with pay after Ms Khan refused to take off the covering. She was later fired," BBC News reported.
The Abercrombie & Fitch headscarf lawsuit will go to trial on Sept. 30 where a jury will determine what penalties the retailer will face. Khan says that she was promptly fired after she refused to remove the scarf which is called a Hijab. A Hijab is a veil that covers a woman's head and stands for modesty.
Anti-discrimination laws were violated in this case and Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that "Abercrombie and Fitch's lawyers had only offered 'unsubstantiated opinion testimony of its own employees to support its claim of undue hardship'" (via BBC News). It seems like Hollister decided to hire Khan because they are an "equal opportunity employer" but perhaps she really never had a shot at keeping her job.
The Abercrombie & Fitch headscarf case is just the latest blow to the retailer. The company has been in the news quite a bit this year getting tons of negative publicity.
© Effie Orfanides 2013