On Muslim Woman’s Veil Lawsuit, Judge Rules That Abercrombie Is Still Pretty Much A Giant Bully
In case people aren’t yet convinced that Abercrombie & Fitch is the Douchiest Company Ever, they’ve set out to prove it once again. In 2010, they fired Hani Khan, a Muslim employee who insisted on wearing a hijab at work. The store claimed that the head scarf would hinder sales because it strayed from their desired employee “look.”
In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on her behalf. Now, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired Khan, a former employee of a Hollister store in San Mateo, California.
Not surprisingly, the judge found zero evidence that Khan’s head scarf impacted sales. A spokesman insisted that “Abercrombie & Fitch does not discriminate based on religion and we grant religious accommodations when reasonable.” Cool story, guys. A trial on Abercrombie’s liability is set for this month.
The company’s “look policy,” as it’s often referred to, is no stranger to both criticism and legal action. In 2004, minority employees and job applicants brought forth a class action lawsuit that was settled for $40 million. As a result, the company was forced to increase its diversity with new policies, but stubborn bully that it is, Abercrombie still claims it has done nothing wrong. Yep, because hating on “fat” kids, firing models for eating, and generally behaving like elitist frat boys is totes innocent.