A federal jury awarded $20,000 in compensatory damages Wednesday to a Tulsa woman who was not hired to work at a local Abercrombie Kids store because she wears a headscarf, but jurors opted not to award her any punitive damages.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell turned down the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s request for an injunction against the company.
Still, Samantha Elauf, 20, said she was “very excited” by the outcome and that she is glad she made her situation public.
The EEOC sued Abercrombie & Fitch on Elauf’s behalf in September 2009, alleging that the company practiced religious discrimination when it chose not to hire her to work at an Abercrombie Kids store at Woodland Hills Mall in June 2008.
She had worn a hijab – or religiously mandated headscarf – to her job interview. …
Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, issued a statement Wednesday that said: “This is a victory for every single American in the workforce. … A Muslim woman has the same right to earn a living as any other individual, and this court made that message clear.”


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