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Business Insider: Abercrombie & Fitch Loses in Supreme Court in Muslim Headscarf Dispute

posted by Randall


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Abercrombie & Fitch which decided against hiring a Muslim woman because her headscarf would have violated the store’s dress code, reports the Business Insider.
 
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had sued the retailer saying it violated federal law which required reasonable accommodation for worker’s religion or disability.
 
The high court voted 8-1 against Abercrombie and Fitch’s argument that it didn’t violate her religious rights because it never directly told her that her religious practice of wearing a head scarf violated its “look policy.”
 
The ruling reverses a decision by a lower court which had ruled in Abercrombie’s favor and sends the case back for further consideration.
 
Abercrombie says it has already replaced its look policy with a new dress code that allows for more individual accommodation.
 
“While the Supreme Court reversed the Tenth Circuit decision, it did not determine that A&F discriminated against Ms. Elauf. We will determine our next steps in the litigation,” the company said in a statement.
 
You can read more about why the Supreme Court ruled against Abercrombie in the Business Insider.

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