Muslim’s case takes ‘look’ at Abercrombie & Fitch policy

February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – Samantha Elauf didn’t look like a typical Abercrombie & Fitch sales associate, or “model,” when she applied in 2008 for a job in Tulsa, Okla. That much was clear from the retailer’s “look policy.”

But whether the preppy clothier’s refusal to hire the 17-year-old girl was due to her Muslim religion or simply because she wore a black hijab, or head scarf, during the interview is still being fought out seven years later. On Wednesday, it will be up to the Supreme Court to decide.

The justices must weigh the employment difficulties faced by religious minorities – in particular, Muslim women who cover their heads in public – against the rights of employers to avoid “undue hardship.” Their decision will hinge on a narrower question, however: Must the job applicant request a religious accommodation, or should the employer recognize the need for it?

13 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Louise Goins says:

    If a business wants to market to a certain age to have a thriving business then they have policies in place, which usually includes a dress code. If the girl had agreed to go by the dress code then she may have been hired, if otherwise qualified. Most employers require that the employee they pay abide by their policies while working. More businesses are realizing that their employees are the first impression of their business. If someone does not agree with their policies they may choose not to work for them, or if they feel strongly against those policies may choose not to buy from them. A very large number of clothing retailers do require their employees must wear their product while on duty to promote sales. This is done to increase sales, which is why they are in business. It is ridiculous to expect a clothing store to accommodate an individual who can not adhere to their clothing policy. What is next? Will someone who is against alcohol look for work in an establishment selling alcohol and then insist their employer adhere to their belief and not sell alcohol while that employee is on the premises? I would not apply for a waitress position at a bar because I personally am against alcohol. But if I agreed to accept wages for my work from my employer I would also have to agree to do what they expected of me while working for wages. I absolutely see why A & F would have undue hardship with a salesperson wearing a hijab while trying to sell trendy clothes for teenagers. Maybe, since the hijab is part of her religious tradition she should apply to a position not involving selling clothes to teenagers at A & F, who tend to make purchases there and may very likely leave without making a purchase when the sales associate is covered, literally, from head to toe and is not promoting the type of clothes A & F sells. A & F did not ask anything of her that they do not ask of there other employees. So she was not unfairly treated. I have to wonder why she even applied there considering her religion forbids her to dress in the way A & E promotes. I have acquaintances who practice that particular religion and they adhere to a very strict dress code, so it does not make sense that this girl would even apply at A & E, unless she had an agenda, other than just seeking employment.

  • Art Hock says:

    Undue hardship my butt. These muslims come into a country and immediately they complain and want to change everything to accommodate their bullshit ideas. If they don’t like our ways then go back to the desert and live with the camels.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Show me the sentence in the news article which says that the person is an immigrant? There’s NONE. It sounds like you think anyone different than you is an outsider. What if this had been Muhammed Ali’s (Cassius Clay’s) daughter, or Kareem Abdul-Jabar’s (Lew Alcindor’s)? Or any other citizen/daughter of a citizen/parent, whether they were born Muslim or converted? Get your bigoted head out of your butt or go “live with the camels”.

      1. Art Hock says:

        You are the typical liberal moron babbling a bunch of stupid crap about Clay and other phony American citizens. If you want tolerance then shut up your ignorant mouth and abide with the laws and quit expecting preferances.

        1. I Seigel says:

          That’s just what the girl was doing – abiding by the law. And what is this crap about Clay being a phony American citizen?

          1. Art Hock says:

            When you don’t abide by the law of the land and refuse to serve your country when asked you become a criminal and a phony American. Should have gone to prison as he never hesitated making American money.

          2. I Seigel says:

            What was W’s excuse? Cheney’s?

          3. Art Hock says:

            There is no f###ng excuse, and by the way W did serve. What about that gangster Slick Willie??

          4. I Seigel says:

            Oh please! W served for what? Like 10 minutes? and then he conveniently got a pass. And Clinton has nothing to do with it. You need to stick up for YOUR people, since you brought up “service” and claimed that was so important to your idea of citizenship. I didn’t

          5. Art Hock says:

            What do you mean Clinton has nothing to do with it? This is typical liberal progressive crap like what comes out of the White House every day. Further more none of these clowns are “my people” as they are the elite who are destroying our Constitution. You make fun of “service” so I guess you feel that serving your country is just for the other guy while you sit on your butt at home safe.

      2. BeautifulAmerica says:


        1. I Seigel says:

          What does that mean?

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