EEOC Hits Abercrombie With Another Religious Discrimination Suit over “Look” of Muslim Teen Applicant
September 14, 2010
In recent California employment news, Abercrombie & Fitch is being sued by a Muslim teenager for religious discrimination, after the teenager was denied an employment opportunity to stock merchandise at a Northern California store.
The lawsuit was filed last week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of Halla Banafa, an 18-year-old, who claims that during an interview for a position at an Abercrombie Kids store in 2008, she was asked if she was Muslim, and required to wear a headscarf at all times. The manager reportedly then marked "not Abercrombie look" on her interview form.
This is the second time the retailer has been slapped with religious discrimination charges. Last year, as our Santa Ana employment attorneys discussed in a blog, a teenager in Oklahoma, also supported by the (EEOC), sued Abercrombie & Fitch for religious discrimination, accusing the retailer of not hiring her because of her religious beliefs and attire. She claimed that because she was a Muslim who wore a headscarf, she did not fit the company's "look policy" and was therefore discriminated against.
This also relates to another recent Anaheim, California employment lawsuit that our attorneys reported on in a recent blog post about a Muslim restaurant hostess at a Disneyland Hotel who was not allowed to wear her religious headdress to work, and rejected Disney's suggestion that she wear a modified costume that would better fit the restaurant's image, that included a head covering with a western hat.
The EEOC lawsuit accuses Abercrombie & Fitch of having a policy that violates federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on religion in hiring. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination based on religion is prohibited, and an employee's religious garment should be accommodated. The EEOC states that no employee should be forced to choose between their religious beliefs and their job. An employer must lawfully accommodate an employee's religious practices and sincere beliefs, such as religious attire and a headscarf, unless it causes undue hardship for the company, and the company's operation business.
In Orange County, California and cities in Southern California, contact Howard Law, PC today.
Abercrombie & Fitch Hit with Bias Lawsuit from Muslim Job Applicant, San Mercury News, September 1, 2010
Suit Alleges Discrimination By Abercrombie & Fitch, CBS Channel 13 News, September 2, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC): Religious Discrimination