Abercrombie Settles Employment Suit Over “Look Policy”
by Christina M. Michelson on October 4, 2013
Abercrombie & Fitch, which recently made headlines when CEO Mike Jeffries stated the
company did not want overweight people wearing its brand, has settled two employment suits over its controversial “Look Policy.” The latest black mark against the clothing retailer comes amidst declining sales and a growing public image problem.
The bias lawsuits both challenged Abercrombie’s employee policies discriminated against Muslim teens who sought to wear religious headscarves while working. In one case, a Muslim employee was terminated after four months on the job because she refused to remove her hijab. In another, Abercrombie refused to hire an applicant due to her headscarf and specifically asked if she was Muslim.
The suits specifically allege that Abercrombie’s actions violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on religion and requires employers to
accommodate the sincere religious beliefs or practices of employees unless doing so
would impose an undue hardship on the business.
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