U.S. Abercrombie & Fitch Sued For Not Hiring Hijab-Wearing Teen

Beyond the Veil| The U.S. equal employment opportunity commission said that 18-year-old Samantha Elauf of Tulsa, Oklahoma was turned down for employment because her hijab violated Abercrombie & Fitch’s “look policy” for sales staff.

“The discrimination that took place flies in the face of what America stands for,” said Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Oklahoma Council for American-Islamic Relations, which helped Elauf file her initial complaint. “We stand for pluralism and freedom, and especially freedom of religion.”

Abercrombie & Fitch describes its brands as “rooted in east coast traditions and Ivy League heritage‚” and as “the essence of privilege”. more