June 28th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Muslim woman sues Abercrombie and Fitch

A young Muslim woman is suing Abercrombie and Fitch in a dispute over a headscarf. In the video above, CNN affiliate KGO has the story.

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  1. Jenn

    This is ridiculous. people talk about human and civil rights, but what about the company's rights? They have the right to hire whoever they want to and to enforce whatever policies they'd like to represent their brand. It's THEIR brand not hers. if the girl doesnt like it then she shouldve quit instead of bellyaching. This just demonstrates the pseudocommunistic state america is in today when the government is actually able to enforce laws saying how PRIVATE companies should conduct their business. Free country, yea right.

    September 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Achyut

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    April 4, 2012 at 1:48 am |
  3. Robert Bowen

    It shames me sometimes to be an American when I hear Americans say stupid things. Not all Muslims are terrorist, Most Muslims are decent, loving and hard working people who only want to have the opportunity to work and support their family. I am an American first because I was born here. But my grandparents came from Spain and Mexico. I will defend my country in anyway I can. But I will also defend anyone, no matter where they come from in this country as long as they obey our laws and pay their taxes, and if need be defend our country. We are all Americans. And lets not forget we are all children of God.

    November 1, 2011 at 5:42 am |
  4. Patrick

    I hope A&F lose their shirt in this. Thay have a history of discrimination.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  5. bob

    My religion states that I must be allowed to walk around naked 24/7.

    As this is my religion I expect to be allowed to do this, and if a police officer tries to tell me other wise I will sue him and anyone else who tries to say I cannot do it.

    I also suspect that most people reading this will think that it is ridiculous and would not be allowed – If it is not allowed, then there is nothing wrong with telling someone to remove their head scarf in a fashion shop where the head scarf does not fit in.

    There are quite a lot of cases in the UK where people are made to remove head gear as it is covering their head/face, in some cases it has been religious headgear while there are muslims around them wearing head scarfs /burkahs. Yet in all these cases everyone seems to just laugh and take the mick, because its ok to offend anyone but muslims these days.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Patrick

      I think it's better to just shut up and let people express their religion.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • PaulWisc

      Yet here you are, offending Muslims, just like the thousands of other ignorant bigots who post online, and in doing so unequivocally belie your claim.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Eric

      Walking around naked, eh? Well then Abercrombie may have a job for you 😉 Tell me more about this religion, its doctrine sounds splendid to me, I am already religious about 12 out of 24 hours a day.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  6. Southern Gal

    Wow! The educational system really is failing! All of these narrow minded responses. I thought everyone was required to take Civics and History in school. Perhaps some of us learned these lessons better than others. I could have sworn religious freedom was a right not a privilege, just like your right to spout hate and nonsense.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  7. disgusted!

    When my husband was in a primarily muslim country..they had to wear appropriate attire to the standards of muslims. Women had to wear a scarf on their heads. If you want to wear your head scarf, go back to your country. This country isnt about musmims, sorry. Dont come into the US and expect anyone to cater to your backwards crap!

    July 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Patrick

      If you don't understand the difference between 1) a law requiring headgear and 2) someone being forced to remove their headgear supported by no law, then you shouldn't speak on the subject. Pure ignorance.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • PaulWisc

      You clearly don't know how to think.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  8. Polaroid Guy

    Um, lady who is suing? Are you bat crazy? You realize now that every employer in the country will think, if I hire this person, and they wear that scarf (whatever its called) and you are fired that you'll sue over religious grounds. So, that just makes me not want to hire you. Looking for a free ride, are ya? How about this. When in Rome.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • AtheistRite

      Well, she was allowed in the country because thankfully the leaders here think differently than you do. So, you can go to hell with your bigotry. For the record, I am not fan of Islam, but if someone wants to wear something (or not wear something), for whatever reason, no matter how stupid, he/she should be allowed as long as it doesn't interfere with the job requirement.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:13 am |
    • Joey

      @Athiest: YOU are the moron here. An employer has EVERY RIGHT to determine dress code for their place of work. If she doesn't want to conform to that dress code, then she shouldn't be working there.
      She has no grounds for this lawsuit when it is considered with even a hint of common sense. I only hope she doesn't get a judge who "thinks differently" as you euphemistically put it. Throw this case out and send a message of rational thought across the country.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  9. Rob

    Its a CLOTHING store. They have a dress code because they are selling clothes, and they obviously don't sell religious head scarfs! How can people be this dense? If this was a supermarket or a restaurant, then sure, allow them to wear a turban if they want. People are trying so hard to take advantage of the legal system to make money or get attention.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Rob

      I used to work for Abercrombie & Fitch. They even let employees wear clothes from other companies as long as they sort of fit the style and as long as they weren't black (Because none of the items they sell are black). Maybe gothic people should sue them?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  10. Quinky

    My religion requires the constant wearing of a propeller beanie tin foil hat, My Little Pony t shirt and gorilla costume. What do you mean I can't wear this at work!! It's my right because it's my religious freedom!!! Long live TOBOR the ape god! Eep Eep!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • AtheistRite

      Sure, why not? If it was my store, it would be fine.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  11. mazzione

    Apply for a job at Hooter's and wear your headscarf...

    July 27, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  12. Amir

    Sorry lady....as in Rome, do as the Romans. We came here in 1964 from Iran. We all have learned to speak English and wear "Western" clothing. If you want to work somewhere that allows you to where your headscarf, you are free to leave the US.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Amir

      Thank you, it is refreshing to hear that from someone who can see both sides of the situation.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • disgusted!

      @Amir, thank you!! And congrats for doing things the legal and ethical way! Good luck to you!!!

      July 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  13. cleareye1

    Sorry madam, religion has no standing in our laws- none! We must keep it that way.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  14. Natz1

    Ok so you're going to cover your hair anddd dress tight Abercrombie clothes? Seriously.. this is the company's policy. Don't like it, don't apply to work there. Like wearing black for Victoria's Secret is theirs. Don't go telling me I'm ignorant or something, because I grew up in the Middle East for 13 years as a foreigner, and have loads of respect for Muslims, but this is just policy, not a big deal. I personally wouldn't want to work there. I don't see why she would..

    July 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  15. ArizonaYankee

    Why hire them in the first place, they are nothing but trouble. You created your own problem dummy.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  16. CloudedFuture

    Whats happening to America? Its not the same I remember growing up.
    This is more an issue of DRESS CODE. I used to get yelled at by my old boss when I walked in wearing my baseball hat...you know what? I took it off.
    America is a melting pot, not a change-it-to-the-way-I-want-and-use-religion-as-my-excuse country.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • cleareye1

      Wake up pal! Nothing will ever be like when you were growing up. Did anyone explain the concept of time to you? Each day replace the one before it, progress happens, some not so good, but mostly good.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  17. BigR

    Why would anyone want to wear something that makes them look like a terrorist?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 am |
    • Mohane

      You're an ignorant person. You should then ask: Why would anyone want to wear something that makes them look like a christian fundamentalist?

      July 26, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • cleareye1

      Pretty dumb comment.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Kerygma

      I wonder if she wears it when she showers?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Colleen

      Anna Posted on I concur. I have to admit that I want this to be a egaulrr occurance where every month you post a new installment. They could be like chapters in a picture book. Anyway, these were great and made me laugh.

      April 1, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  18. Skynet

    This blog confirms my assessment that all humans are nuts.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  19. Kemp

    Women will complain to suit themselves. Let a man come to work in something a woman does not like and see how quickly she complains.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:13 am |
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