Supreme Court rules for Muslim woman denied job at Abercrombie & Fitch over headscarf

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a head scarf.

The justices said Monday that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary.

Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer in Oklahoma she was Muslim.

But Justice Antonin Scalia said for the court that Abercrombie “at least suspected” that Elauf wore a head scarf for religious reasons. Scalia said: “That is enough.”

 

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2 comments

  • mary

    I’m confused how wearing a scarf is discrimination or the company is against her being Muslim for not hiring her. Did they flat out tell her she can’t have the job because of her scarf or her religion or just that they needed her to look like their image based on the products they sell because like all business there is a face and image that you have to hold up. It sounds like she got sue happy and didn’t like being told what to wear.

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