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Jun 28 - Abercrombie & Fitch Won't Let Muslim Woman Live, Fires Her For Wearing Hijab
 

 

A Foster City woman who is suing Abercrombie & Fitch for allegedly firing her for wearing a headscarf said she was “completely shocked” when she lost her job after she had been working at a retail store at the Hillsdale Shopping Center for four months.

Hani Khan, 20, said it was the first time in her life she had faced discrimination since she started wearing a headscarf in kindergarten. As a Muslim, she chooses to wear a headscarf, or hijab, that covers her hair, ears and neck as part of her religious practice of modesty when in public.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” Khan said.

According to the lawsuit filed today in United States District Court, Khan started working at a Hollister Co. store in San Mateo's Hillsdale Shopping in October 2009. (Hollister Co. is a subsidiary of Abercrombie & Fitch.)

Khan, who was 19 at the time, said she was looking for a job to help her pay expenses as a college student. She applied at Hollister Co. because friends worked at the store.

“They told me they were hiring, and it seemed like a fun place to work,” Khan said.

Khan said she wore her headscarf to the interview, and the hiring manager asked her if she would wear a hijab in company colors to comply with Abercrombie & Fitch’s “look policy,” which Khan said she agreed to do. The “look policy” sets guidelines for employee attire and is distributed in the employee manual, according to Zahrah Billoo, one of Khan’s attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“When I got hired by the store manager, they didn’t have a problem,” Khan said.

Khan described the “look policy” as clothes that convey a “beachy, fun vibe.” During her four months of employment, she wore jeans, a t-shirt, flip flops and her headscarf in required colors. She worked in the stockroom but made trips to the sales floor in the course of her duties.

In early February 2010, a district manager saw Khan at work while visiting the store, according to the lawsuit. On Feb. 15, the district manager called Khan into a meeting and asked her to speak on the phone with Abercrombie & Fitch’s director of human resources, Amy Yoakum, according to the lawsuit.

Khan said Yoakum told her the hijab violated the company’s “look policy” and asked her if she would remove the hijab. When she refused to do so, citing her religious beliefs, Yoakum suspended her, Khan said.

A week later, Yoakum again asked Khan if she would remove her hijab at work. When Khan again refused, Yoakum said the Abercrombie & Fitch couldn’t accommodate her religious observance and fired her, according to the complaint.

Abercrombie & Fitch could not be contacted for comment. The company is currently facing two other discrimination suits related to employees wearing headscarves.

“I think at that time, someone at the corporate office decided the diversity we celebrate in the Bay Area didn’t fit in with their ‘look policy,’” Billoo said.

“My coworkers and my manager were surprised,” Khan said. “When I came out [my manager] asked why I was leaving.”

A lifelong resident of Foster City and a product of public schools, Khan said she was used to being a minority and enjoyed diverse environments growing up.

“The hijab was never a problem,” Khan said. Though people asked her questions about her head covering, she said, “it was never regarded as anything more than an extra article of clothing.”

“After 9/11, all my neighbors, all my classmates, they all supported me,” Khan said.

Since her case has become public, Khan has received death threats, which she called “frightening.”

“They talked about decapitating my head and wrapping it around pig skin and burying it,” Khan said.

Khan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in September 2010, the commission found that she had been wrongly terminated. Federal law requires that employers make reasonable accommodation for employees’ religious beliefs.

Conciliation efforts between Khan and Abercrombie & Fitch failed in January of this year. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed its own lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch.

Khan is represented by attorneys from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in addition to the Council on American-Islamic relations. Her lawsuit alleges that Abercrombie & Fitch violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

The lawsuit requests back pay and punitive damages, but her attorney says her top priority is for Abercrombie & Fitch to change its “look policy” to allow for religiously mandated attire.


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 6 years ago '04        #2
bony 37 heat pts37
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abercrombie is one of the most disgusting companies in america... people should be ashamed to even shop at that place
 06-28-2011, 08:15 AM         #3
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or just go on unemployment
 6 years ago '05        #4
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womp womp, i worked at the one in aventura, good times it was right next to victoria's secret... :cool-smiley-009:
 6 years ago '06        #5
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 bony said:
abercrombie is one of the most disgusting companies in america... people should be ashamed to even shop at that place
i have my own thoughts on this..but could you explain..have they done things like this in the past?
 06-28-2011, 10:42 AM         #6
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Props to AC. When in Rome you do as the Romans do. Full face coverings, veils, etc .. you need to a.ssimilate into the cultures of the countries you go to. It never should he the other way around. My homeboys parents from India. His pops always says, if my wife wanted to live like we did in India we shouldn't have come to the USA and had our kids here.
Way too much liberalism these days with respect to bending over to accommodate everyone ELSE from other countries. If I wanna act American, and do American things, when I want, then I dont go to the Middle East and try to do them. You do what the locals do!! That's why you WENT THERE!! Or, wait, are our customs good only when it suits you!!
 6 years ago '08        #7
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 playazinc said:
Props to AC. When in Rome you do as the Romans do. Full face coverings, veils, etc .. you need to a.ssimilate into the cultures of the countries you go to. It never should he the other way around. My homeboys parents from India. His pops always says, if my wife wanted to live like we did in India we shouldn't have come to the USA and had our kids here.
Way too much liberalism these days with respect to bending over to accommodate everyone ELSE from other countries. If I wanna act American, and do American things, when I want, then I dont go to the Middle East and try to do them. You do what the locals do!! That's why you WENT THERE!! Or, wait, are our customs good only when it suits you!!
Such a simple minded fool. If your not allowed to practice your religon, whats the point of the fu*king AMENDMENTS which are stated in the CONSTITUTION.
 6 years ago '07        #8
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 FaceTheGawd said:
Such a simple minded fool. If your not allowed to practice your religon, whats the point of the fu*king AMENDMENTS which are stated in the CONSTITUTION.
you can practice them in your house

but if I own a business, you not wearing that and working for me at the same time.
 6 years ago '04        #9
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 Mintz said:
i have my own thoughts on this..but could you explain..have they done things like this in the past?
Yessir. A&F is notorious for discrimination upon their employees. I got 3K from them because they wouldn't schedule for work me because I was black.

They want to promote a white culture. That's why only recent have you seen other races in their catalogs.
 6 years ago '07        #10
JamcnPrettyboy 96 heat pts96
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abercrombie & fitch is one of the most racist retail stores in america. they would go around college campuses recruiting white frat and sorority kids to work at their stores and like at one point 95% of their employees were white. a mexican kid sued them back in 2005 for being denied a job at their store and he won the lawsuit once race statistics of their employees were brought up in court.
Look up Gonzales vs. A&F

they also discriminate against people physically disabled.

this is like the 3rd time they've been accused of discriminating against someone muslim women wearing a hijab
 6 years ago '04        #11
jeehtoven 51 heat pts51
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 Eddie.. said:
you can practice them in your house

but if I own a business, you not wearing that and working for me at the same time.
I don't agree with that. It should be at your own discretion. That's just as bad as discrimination.
 6 years ago '11        #12
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 Eddie.. said:
you can practice them in your house

but if I own a business, you not wearing that and working for me at the same time.
i agree. ALL religion has no place in the business world. leave that soft sh*t out of it.
 6 years ago '04        #13
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It's called an employer's dress code. If you want to wear certian things, apply and work at a job which allows you to. Don't pretend like you're being discriminated about and try and sue them. What a fu*king leech.
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 Eddie.. said:
you can practice them in your house

but if I own a business, you not wearing that and working for me at the same time.
you really don't have a say. you violate anti-discrimination laws the government has a right to force you to change your policies or risk being shut down.
 6 years ago '05        #15
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get that sh*t off your head!!!!!
 6 years ago '08        #16
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 Eddie.. said:
you can practice them in your house

but if I own a business, you not wearing that and working for me at the same time.
Funny, considering just a few years ago people with your mentality didnt allow blacks to work at their store. I seriously hope you aint a n*gga with that frame of mind.
 6 years ago '08        #17
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 Shea-bird said:
It's called an employer's dress code. If you want to wear certian things, apply and work at a job which allows you to. Don't pretend like you're being discriminated about and try and sue them. What a fu*king leech.
Did you even read the story, you stupid fu*k? She worked for 4 months, had no problem, no complaints and all of a sudden she gets fired .
 6 years ago '10        #18
Cashis Clay 25 heat pts25
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I think abercrombie is the sh*t. But being black I know for a fact i wouldn't Get hired there if I wanted to...they only want a specific look workin in they stores....in jersey you gotta be asked to work there...they came up to my girl and asked if she wanted a job but she said no...
 6 years ago '04        #19
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 Shea-bird said:
It's called an employer's dress code. If you want to wear certian things, apply and work at a job which allows you to. Don't pretend like you're being discriminated about and try and sue them. What a fu*king leech.
When she got hired she complied with everything, the district manager didnt like it nobody had a problem with it. Im sure nobody was like oh let me not shop @ that store because theres a woman with a hijab smh. America is so fu*ked up.
 6 years ago '05        #20
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fu*k that store and the lames that wear their clothes
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