Case Summary - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Petitioner v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

Monday, 15 June, 2015

Equal Rights Trust Case Summary which looks at Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim, who had been refused a job with clothing store, Abercrombie and Fitch because her headscarf was deemed incompatible with the company's "Look Policy" which prohibits "caps" at work. The policy was interpreted to prohibit all headwear worn by staff, religious or non-religious.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a suit against Abercrombie and Fitch Stores on behalf of Elauf, alleging that Abercrombie’s refusal to hire her was discrimination on the basis of her religious practice, which breached Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964.

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