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I guess you can add Muslim to the “Not Welcome Here” members on Abercrombie‘s no hire list. The retailer has recently been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for refusing to hire a woman because of her Muslim headscarf.
This is the second time the retailers been sued for this exact reason. The first time was in June 2008 when a Muslim teenager was told her hijab violated Abercrombie’s “You Don’t Look Like Me, So I Hate You Policy” “Look Policy”.
In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that during an interview with an 18-year-old woman who applied for a job stocking merchandise in a California abercrombie kids store, the store manager asked the applicant if she was Muslim and was required to wear a head scarf. The woman was wearing a head scarf during the interview, according to the EEOC. The complaint alleged that the manager wrote “not Abercrombie look” on the woman’s application. The alleged incident took place at a store in the Great Mall in Milpitas, Calif.
Let’s also mention the fact that in February 2010, a 19-year-old was fired from Hollister (also owned by Abercrombie) for wearing a headscarf to work, even though it was in compliance with the store’s “Look Policy” which required her to wear “either a white, navy or gray-colored scarf.”
Also, keep in mind that Abercrombie has already paid $40 million to black, Hispanic and Asian employees in a discrimination case which claimed the company promoted white boys and girls at the expense of minorities.
Abercrombie has claimed that they make every possible effort to provide equal employment opportunities to people regardless of race or religion, but their track record on this matter doesn’t look like it’s going to help them much this time and considering they plan on closing 60 stores in the US to focus on expanding internationally, it might be time for them to reconsider their hiring strategy and begin embracing a little ethnicity…
What are your thoughts on this Abercrombie mess? Do you think the store is racist or should they have the right to choose whoever they want to hire?