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Abercrombie & Fitch Sued by EEOC for Religious Discrimination

From Disney’s continuing battle over Imane Boudlal’s hijab to a legal battle between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Abercrombie & Fitch.

A&F is being sued by the federal agency after an 18-year old female job applicant was allegedly turned down by an outlet in Milpitas because she wore a Muslim head scarf or hijab.

The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the rejected applicant, claimed that when she applied for a sotcking merchandize job, the manager asked her if she was a Muslim and then marked “not Abercrombie look” on her interview form.

The company has also been previously sued by the EEOC over a similar incident in Oklahoma for discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of religion.

Lawyers for A&F denied the allegations of discrimination and instead claimed that allowing an employee to wear a hijab or head scarf would have caused undue hardship on the part of their business operation. The employee dress code of Abercrombie & Fitch bans the use of any head coverings.

Under federal law, employers are required to accommodate their employees’ sincerely held religious practice unless it would result to undue hardship on the part of the employer.

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