Abercrombie & Fitch loses fight against Muslim woman

In 2008, Samantha Elauf applied for a job at Abercrombie & Fitch. The famous store known for its very particular dress code for their employees denied her because she was wearing a headscarf. Apparently the A&F policy doesn’t allow the employees to wear any type of headgear.

But Samantha didn’t stop there. Knowing that many Muslim women are discriminated from jobs for wearing the headscarf she decided to sue the company.

She didn’t had to do this by herself, she was supported by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who represented her in court. Besides the support of the EEOC, many other Muslim, Jewish and Christian support groups believed in her.

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Today, a few years later Samantha Elauf can proudly say that she won the battle against the discriminating policy of Abercrombie & Fitch. The US Supreme Court decided that A&F was wrong for not accepting Samantha back then.

Looking back to 2008, Samantha said that she was just a young girl with a passion for fashion who was really excited to work at an Abercrombie & Fitch store. Now, runs a fashion blog and works at the popular store Urban Outfitters where she can perfectly combine her love for fashion with her hijab.

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Written by Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber

Latifa Saber is a 21-year-old student with strong opinions on pretty much everything. Feminism, literature and fashion are her main fields of interest.