Monday, December 3, 2012

Wha?!! Ambercrombie and Fitch Hit with Yet Another Discrimination Lawsuit  reports that The Council on American Islamic Relations filed a complaint against apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for firing a Muslim employee who refused to remover her hijab, a head scarf which has varying religious connotations in the Muslim faith.

Umme-Hane Kahn, a 19 year old young lady, was told when she was hired as a stockroom worker that she could wear her hijab at work. She fervently wore her hijab until this month when a district manager who came to visit told her that scarves and hats did not fit the company's "look" and sent her home.

Sadly, this is not news because this is not the first employment discrimination complaint that has been filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity commission over discrimination at Abercrombie and Fitch. Remember the 2004 agreement I blogged about which involved A&F paying out a $50 million agreement with the EEOC for its recruiting practices, which allegedly involved hiring mostly white mean and women? (read it here).

Despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that employers may not discriminate against individuals because of their religion and must accommodate employee religious practices unless doing so would create an "undue hardship" for the employer (in which wearing a hijab is not an undue hardship), some people and places fail to abide by this law and work regulation.

Fashion Legallaire's Assessment: Do the right thing people!

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