Twenty year old Hani Khan is suing Abercrombie and Fitch for firing her over her Muslim headscarf. Khan, a stockroom worker, claims that when she refused to remove her hijab at work a manger suspended and later fired her for it.This isn’t the first time this has happened to Khan while working with the company. While working at Hollister, Khan was initially told she was allowed to wear her hijab as long as they were company colors. Four months later a district manager and human resource manager asked her to remove her hijab. When she wouldn’t she was suspended and fired.
As you may or may not know, Abercrombie and Fitch is notorious for its strict dress code. The company requires that employees dress in a natural classic American style. This includes the length of an employees fingernails and the way they wear their hair. Supporters of Abercrombie and it’s officials believe that Abercrombie makes the rules and if you don’t follow them, you deserve to fire. However, because America’s image is forever changing, the company should make the rules accommodate its changing face.
This also isn’t the first time the company has been accused of discriminated against Muslim women. In 2009, Samantha Elauf filed a federal lawsuit against the company because they rejected her because she was wearing a hijab. The company has also been accused of discriminating against other ethnicities and cultures in the past including a federal class action suit filed by black, Hispanic, and Asian employees and applicants that was settled in 2004 for 40 million dollars.
In Kahn’s case, Abercrombie believes it has done nothing wrong. It believes that it doesn’t tolerate discrimination and is in compliance with legal accommodations regarding religion. Despite this, the company has been forced to implement new policies to accommodate diversity.
What do you think? Should Khan have been fired or is Abercrombie and Fitch guilty of discrimination? Share your thoughts in a comment.