A complaint was filed against US fashion firm Abercrombie & Fitch last week over allegations that the company turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore an Islamic headscarf.

Muslim civil liberties group the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) said it has filed an EEOC complaint on behalf of the woman, who claims she was denied employment at an Abercrombie Kids store in Oklahoma because of her religiously-mandated headscarf, or hijab.

The woman told CAIR-OK that a district manager claimed he could not hire her because her Islamic headscarf "does not fit the Abercrombie image."

"Employers have a clear legal duty to accommodate the religious practices of their workers," said CAIR-OK executive director Razi Hashmi. "To deny someone employment because of apparent religious bias goes against long-standing American traditions of tolerance and inclusion."

CAIR-OK has written a letter to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jefferies, asking the company to offer a formal apology, clarify its "policy on religious accommodation" and "institute workplace sensitivity and diversity training".

CAIR-OK noted that Abercrombie & Fitch's corporate Code of Business Conduct and Ethics states: "The company will adhere to its employment policies of non-discrimination as it relates to race, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or handicap and will ensure compliance with all legal and other regulations governing employment."

Spokespeople for Abercrombie & Fitch could not immediately be reached for further comment when contacted by just-style this afternoon (6 August).