The Supreme Court has just announced that it will hear the religious discrimination
filed by a Muslim woman against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.
The Title VII employment discrimination matter involves the case of a
Muslim teenager who was rejected from a job she applied to as floor staff
because she didn’t meet their “Look Policy.” The teen
wore a hijab, which was contrary to the policy banning wearing black clothes
All people who apply for jobs at Abercrombie and Fitch as floor employees
are considered models and are graded on a 3-point scale of “appearance
& sense of style.” The teen originally scored a 2, but when
it was learned that she wore a black hijab, her score was decreased to
a 1, which disqualified her completely from being able to obtain a job
at the store.
The teen sued for employment discrimination – specifically religious
discrimination – pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts
of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of “race,
color, religion, sex or national origin.”
If you have questions about any form of employment discrimination or believe
that you have been discriminated against, your first step should be consulting
with an experienced
Atlanta discrimination lawyer. A knowledgeable Atlanta employee’s rights attorney can determine
your rights and help you seek the redress you deserve.
In this instance, the question focuses specifically on whether the failure
to hire the young woman because she wore a hijab constitutes religious
discrimination. Even though the young woman hadn’t explicitly told
Abercrombie that she wore a hijab for religious reasons, employees assumed
this was why she wore one it, and this formed the basis for her low score
regarding her appearance.
As Georgia employee’s rights attorneys, we will be following this
case closely. For more information or if you believe that you have been
a victim of religious discrimination, please contact one of our dedicated
Atlanta anti-discrimination attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate, confidential consultation.