Abercrombie & Fitch vs Freedom of Religion
That picture above was taken from the front page of Abercrombie & Fitch's website. They are a clothing retailer that caters to teenagers. So, with an advertisement like that, it seems a tad strange maybe even hypocritical for them to fire a woman because she choose to dress modestly according to her religion.
Hani Khan from California was hired by Hollister, Co, a branch of Abercrombie & Fitch, and then fired four months later. When she was hired, the claim is her employer knew she wore a hijab or headscarf and had no problem as long as it contained company colors. Four months later human resources changed their mind and asked her to take it off. When she refused, she was fired.
This week hasn't been the greatest for Abercrombie & Fitch. Just yesterday they were singled out along with 27 other companies by the ICCR to scrutinize their business practices and make sure they are not inadvertently contributing to human trafficking.
Today a Tulsa judge ruled against Abercrombie & Fitch for not hiring teenager Samantha Elauf because she wore a religious headscarf. A trial is set to begin July 18th.
This week shares declined nearly 10% for the company after Abercrombie & Fitch's Chief Financial Officer stated that second quarter earnings would not be as good as the first. The CEO of the company, Michael S. Jeffries, sold 100,000 shares of the company's stock for $6,577,000.
Just seven years ago, Abercrombie & Fitch paid $50 million to the EEOC over allegations of discrimination against women and minorities.
Hani Kahn is being represented by the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and also followed up with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who determined that Khan had been wrongfully terminated.
Her suit involves bring the company into compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.