In 2008 a woman named Samantha Elauf came for a job interview at Abercrombie and Fitch. When she was being interviewed for the job she was wearing a headscarf for religious purposes. The interviewer Heather Cooke gave her the highest score she could have given, yet something went wrong when Cooke showed her district manager Samantha’s profile. They immediately discounted her only because of her appearance score due to her head scarf.
“It is undisputed that Samantha Elauf did not inform Abercrombie that her religious beliefs required her to wear a headscarf when she was at work,” the company’s legal representation argued. “It is axiomatic that an employer must have actual notice that an applicant’s mandatory religious practices conflict with an employment requirement.”
The US Supreme court has finally decided to take a look at the A&F case because of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC].
I mean come on people! It’s the 21st century! The fact that this is just now in Vogue news today says a lot about our country’s “freedom”. Should we not discriminate religious beliefs? Isn’t that what the FIRST AMENDMENT states?
The fact that Abercrombie and Fitch didn’t hire Samantha just because of her head scarf proves that fashion isn’t as accepting as we say it is. You would think that the company would accept the Muslim woman to work in their store so that they can be diverse. Sorry to break it to you A&F but your customers are not the built tall white males and females you hire to model your clothes. The customers are usually scrawny little teens in middle school and foreigners.
I think that A&F needs to get over their image insecurity and hire more diverse workers. After all, if they are pissing off wealthy Middle Easterners, they will soon be bankrupt.