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Friday, June 24, 2011

Hijab-Wearing Worker to Sue Abercrombie & Fitch for Discrimination

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click to enlarge Hijabs and hoodies - an Abercrombie fashion faux pas.
  • Hijabs and hoodies - an Abercrombie fashion faux pas.

​A Hollister County store worker is planning to file a lawsuit in San Francisco Monday against the store's parent company, Abercrombie & Fitch, for firing her when she refused to take off her Muslim headscarf, or hijab, while on the job.

Hani Khan worked in the stockroom of the store in the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo from 2009 to February 2010. When hired, she had agreed to wear only white, navy, or gray headscarves. But after a district manager visited the store, Khan was asked by the corporation to take off the headscarf entirely while at work. She was told it didn't comply with the company's "look policy."

And considering Abercrombie's models usually aren't even fully clothed, we can imagine how a modest headscarf just wouldn't match.


Khan refused to remove her scarf and was subsequently fired. She will be represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which will file a lawsuit along with the San Francisco district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Abercrombie's policy bans headwear, not just hijabs, but Khan joins at least two other Muslim women who have sued Abercrombie for having allegedly been fired or denied a job due to their headscarves. One worked at a store in Tulsa and the other was denied a job in Milpitas.

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