A store in Woodland Hills Mall faces a federal complaint on behalf of a Muslim teenager who said she wasn’t hired there because she wears a head scarf.
An Abercrombie & Fitch district manager allegedly told the girl in late June that her religiously mandated hijab didn’t fit the retail chain’s image.
The girl went to the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma, which helped her file a complaint with the Oklahoma City office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“Employers have a clear legal duty to accommodate the religious practices of their workers,” Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma, said. “To deny someone employment because of apparent religious bias goes against long-standing American traditions of tolerance and inclusion.” (MORE)