Abercrombie & Fitch interviewee takes firm to court claiming headscarf discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch have been criticised in the US Supreme Court for not hiring a woman because she wore a black headscarf to interview.

The landmark religious discrimination case has been brought against the 'preppy' clothing firm by Oklahoma shop worker Samantha Elauf.

However, lawyers for the firm have argued it didn't need to take Elauf's religion into account when applying a rule against headwear because managers had only guessed that she was Muslim.

Conversely, most of the nine justices on the bench argued that they should have asked Elauf of her religion, or informed her of the company ban.

In a statement issued after the hearing, Elauf said: “I am not only standing up for myself, but for all people who wish to adhere to their faith while at work

“Observance of my faith should not prevent me from getting a job.”

Justice Antonin Scalia was the only one to seem sympathetic to the argument that the store could not have know the interviewees religions.

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Comments (1)

  • CelesteS
    Fri, 6 Mar 2015 9:28am GMT
    Either everyone has the right to wear religious symbols or no-one. You can't allow headscarves and not allow a necklace with a cross for Christians. The point of equal rights is that everyone has the same rule whether they are part of a minority group or part of the majority.

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