Abercrombie & Fitch is being hit with a lawsuit from a Muslim teen. The teen says Abercrombie & Fitch wouldn’t hire her because of her Muslim headscarf.


17-year-old Samantha Elauf says that when she went into an Oklahoma store to apply for a job, she was told that her hijab violated the company’s “look policy.” The employee who allegedly had the conversation with Elauf is a district manager.

After the incident, Elauf reportedly went to CAIR (the Council On American-Islamic Relations), who then directed her to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who filed the suit.

Here’s a snippet from the lawsuit, which claims the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

“Defendant refused to hire Ms. Elauf because she wears a hijab, claiming that the wearing of headgear was prohibited by its Look Policy, and, further, failed to accommodate her religious beliefs by making an exception to the Look Policy.”

This is undoubtedly a story that will spark debate. The girl’s religious beliefs would require her to wear the headscarf to observe “hijab,” or the modest dress common amongst followers of Islam. Still, some countries such as France have banned Muslims from wearing them in schools and other institutions because of strict “secularist” policies. Some French leaders have even compared wearing them to being in prison.

In the US we pride ourselves on our diversity, but some people feel that there should be some level of assimilation.

What’s your take on the Muslim teen’s lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch? Let’s get the conversation started in the comments section below. I’ve also thrown in a video about another lawsuit the company faced below.