Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Court rules Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against Muslim woman over hijab

By Adam Liptak
Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, won her case against the company on June 1, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS
WASHINGTON, DC---The Supreme Court on Monday revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a head scarf. The company said the scarf clashed with its dress code, which called for a “classic East Coast collegiate style.” The company’s decision not to hire her, Justice Scalia said, was motivated by a desire to avoid accommodating her religious practice. That was enough, he concluded, to allow her to sue under a federal employment discrimination law. The vote was 8 to 1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting. [link]