US clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim worker for wearing a headscarf, a judge has ruled. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24026228 Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled the firm violated anti-discrimination laws when it sacked Hani Khan from a Hollister brand shop. Ms Khan was initially allowed to wear a scarf in Hollister colours at the San Mateo, California shop but was told remove it and fired when she refused.
Ms Khan had initially been hired at Hollister, a store under Abercrombie and Fitch’s corporate umbrella, with the understanding she would be able to wear her headscarf to work, according to court records.
But four months into her employment, a district manager suspended her with pay after Ms Khan refused to take off the covering. She was later fired.
“I was shocked and surprised when I was asked to remove my hijab [headscarf] and then fired for refusing to comply,” Ms Khan said in a statement.
In her ruling, Judge Rogers said Abercrombie and Fitch’s lawyers had only offered “unsubstantiated opinion testimony of its own employees to support its claim of undue hardship” and had undercut its own argument by offering to rehire Ms Khan with her headscarf.