The Muslim teen worker who scored a legal victory in an anti-discrimination suit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which cited its dress code in insisting she not wear a hijab to work, says the retailer’s policy is “very unfair.”
A federal judge issued the ruling last week that Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against Hani Khan, 18, when she was fired from its Hollister store in San Mateo, Calif., in 2010 because she refused to remove her head scarf on the job.
Khan says she was approached by her manager after four months on the job.
“She expressed concern about my hijab,” Khan told ABC News. “That’s when I felt like it was not appropriate, what they were saying.”
After refusing to remove the hijab while at work, she was terminated. The company offered her the job back 11 days later as long as she did not wear the hijab, but she declined the offer, according to court documents.
“They just don’t feel like it fits in with their ‘Look Policy,’ which I feel is very unfair,” Khan said.
What is your opinion? Should an employer have the right to set a company dress code that may violate someone’s religious beliefs?