By Hasnae May
A Muslim woman, Samantha Elauf, was denied a sales job in 2008 at an Abercrombie Kids store in Oklahoma because of her headscarf. On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court sharply criticised Abercrombie & Fitch’s rejection of a Muslim job applicant for wearing a headscarf, also known as a hijab.
The company’s brief filed with the US Supreme Court stated that Ms Elauf was cautioned to not wear black clothing to the interview, but Elauf wore a black headscarf despite this.
Under the company’s model policy there are no hats permitted at work, Elauf in wearing a headscarf, to the interview received a one out of three rating for appearance, as the headscarf came under headwear which was not permitted and that it was black, also not permitted under the company’s look policy.
After the one hour-long hearing at the Supreme Court last Wednesday, Elauf expressed that observation of her faith should not prevent her in getting a job.
“I am not only standing up for myself, but for all people who wish to adhere to their faith while at work”, said Elauf.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argues that Abercrombie & Fitch should be held liable for rejecting a job applicant based on the headscarf.
The EEOC insists that Elauf should have been granted a religious exemption.
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