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Lawsuit filed against clothing store over alleged religious discrimination
A popular national clothing store is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly not hiring a Muslim Tulsa teenager because she wears a hijab, or religiously mandated head scarf.
The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, citing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991 as the basis for the action.
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In June 2008, 17-year-old Samantha Elauf applied to work in a sales position at the Abercrombie Kids store located in Woodland Hills Mall, the lawsuit states.
A district manager allegedly told her that the hijab, worn in observance of religious beliefs, did not fit the store’s image.
“Defendant refused to hire Ms. Elauf because she wears a hijab, claiming that the wearing of headgear was prohibited by its Look Policy, and, further, failed to accommodate her religious beliefs by making an exception to the Look Policy,” the lawsuit states.
The girl took her case to the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma, which helped her file a complaint with the EEOC Oklahoma City. More fromÂ GINNIE GRAHAM World Staff Writer