Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jury Awards Muslim Woman $20,000 after Store Decides Not to Hire Her; Refused to Conform to Dress Code

Claiming that Abercrombie Kids did not hire her because she wears a hijab, a jury in Tulsa, Oklahoma has awarded a Muslim woman $20,000 in damages.  This comes despite the fact that the woman, Samantha Elauf, didn't work a single day for Abercrombie and despite Abercrombie's "Look Policy" that states clearly that it will not hire people who do not conform to their dress code.

During her job interview with Abercrombie, Ms. Elauf wore a hijab, a piece of clothing that Ms. Elauf believes is religiously mandated.  At the time, she was informed that Abercrombie would not be able to hire her, not on religious grounds, but because she refused to remove her head scarf.

Abercrombie has, what they call, a "Look Policy."  In other words, because they are a fashion store, they want people to dress in their fashion and their style.  Ms. Elauf stated that she would not take off her hijab even if she was hired and was at the job site.  She was then informed that Abercrombie had decided not to hire her.  So Ms. Elauf sued.

Despite not working at Abercrombie Kids and despite being hired soon after by another store, a jury saw fit to award Ms. Elauf with the sizable sum of $20,000.  Ms. Elauf was suing for a much larger amount, but the jury in the case decided not to hit Abercrombie with punitive damages.  Still Ms. Elauf, 20, is "very excited" with the outcome.

She plans to take the money and invest it in a fashion store of her own.
Ms. Elauf, flanked by Attorney Barbara Seely
Barbara Seely, the attorney representing Ms. Elauf, stated that Abercrombie was a menacing corporation that just wanted to produce "cookie-cutter kids." When her client was awarded the $20,000, Ms. Seely stated it was "icing on the cake" since Abercrombie was already found liable.

"Samantha Elauf deserves every penny," she said. "She is a courageous young woman who stuck with this case for three years in order to stand up for her rights and the rights of every Muslim woman to work wearing a headscarf."

The whole of Ms. Elauf's and Ms. Seely's case hinges on every American's right to freedom of religion. Whether it covers people who voluntarily try to pursue certain jobs that require a dress code is now coming into our court systems.

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  1. Outrageous decision. If you don't like the dress code, don't work there.

  2. Hooters is next, followed by (insert name of strip club here)...
    When does common sense, or the ability to run your business as you see fit come into the equation? Why would a devout Muslim work in the decadent Western store that is Abercrombie in the first place?
    Money grab, pure and simple.

  3. Agreed. This is just like those pharmacists who, on religious grounds, refuse to dispense legal drugs. If you know what the job is going in, and you can't perform the job, don't expect to be hired.

    Companies should be able to hire and fire at will, irrespective of any government interference. Why do Muslims, blacks, gays, women, native Americans, aliens, people who dress funny, people who look different, liberals and atheists all expect special rights?

  4. tulsa, arizona? or oklahoma?

  5. Creeping Sharia Law into this country. It's only the beginning unless America wakes up.