US: Abercrombie & Fitch faces discrimination suit
US trendy fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch faces a discrimination lawsuit in a US federal court, following claims it discriminated against a 17-year-old Muslim job candidate by refusing to hire her because she wore a hijab, or head scarf.
The lawsuit was filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a statement confirmed.
According to the EEOC's suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Abercrombie Kids interviewed Samantha Elauf for a position at its store located in Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa, Okla.
The EEOC alleges that Abercrombie refused to hire Elauf - for a sales role - because she was wearing a head covering when she was interviewed and this violated the company's "Look Policy", which prohibited the wearing of head coverings.
A spokesperson for Abercrombie & Fitch told just-style: "We have a strong equal employment opportunity policy and we accommodate religious beliefs and practices when possible.
"We are confident that the litigation of this matter will demonstrate that we followed the law in every respect."
Last month Abercrombie was found guilty of "failure to accommodate and harassment" in an employment tribunal brought by a former UK worker who had a prosthetic limb. However, the tribunal did not find discrimination against the worker.
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