Khan is suing the clothing retailer in federal court, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her hijab. Hani Khan said a manager at the company's Hollister Co. The manager said it was OK to wear it as long as it was in company colors, Khan said.
Attorneys for the U. District Court in Tulsa. The teen, who wears a hijab, says the manager told her the head scarf violates the store's "Look Policy.
Samantha Elauf took her discrimination case to the U. Supreme Court and won. Today she writes a fashion blog and manages a Forever 21 store in Tulsa, Okla.
The justices decided the case, which united Christian, Muslim and Jewish and other religious organizations, with an vote, ruling in favor of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOCwhich sued the company on behalf of Elauf. Inwhen she was 17, Elauf was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa. The legal question before the court was whether Elauf was required to inform the potential employer of a need for a religious accommodation in order for the company to be sued under the Civil Rights Act, which bans employment discrimination based on religious beliefs and practices. When attending her job interview, Elauf was wearing a headscarf, or hijab, but did not specifically say that as a Muslim she wanted the company to give her a religious accommodation that would allow her to wear it.
Ultimately Elauf failed to get the job, and her story has triggered a religious freedom debate regarding when an employer can be held liable under civil rights laws. The Supreme Court will hear the case on Wednesday. When Elauf sat down with assistant manager Heather Cooke to formally interview for the job, neither the headscarf nor religion ever came up.
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But is the company practicing discrimination if it won't hire a young woman who covers her head for religious reasons? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit alleges that Abercrombie "refused to hire Ms.
In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U. The teen, who wears a hijab in accordance with her religious beliefs, claims the manager told her the head scarf violates the store's "Look Policy. Elauf on the basis of religion," the lawsuit states. A spokeswoman for the New Albany, Ohio-based retailer declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the company has "a strong equal employment opportunity policy, and we accommodate religious beliefs and practices when possible.
District Judge Gregory Frizzell turned down the U. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's request for an injunction against the company Read the full post here.
Now the company is being sued for allegedly denying a teenager the right to wear a religious headcovering. The complaint alleges the interviewer said that any "headgear" was prohibited by the "Look Policy," and the company refused to make an exception for Elauf to wear her hijab for religious reasons. Elauf, who is not giving interviews, then filed a complaint with the EEOC.