On an average summer day, male employees parade shirtless through the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store in The Grove, a posh outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles, Calif. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that the company told a female worker, Hani Khan, to stop wearing her Muslim head dress to work.
Khan refused to comply and was fired from the company in 2010. On Tuesday U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled Abercrombie violated anti-discrimination laws.
Abercrombie spokesman Bruce MacKenzie claimed:
Abercrombie & Fitch does not discriminate based on religion and we grant religious accommodations when reasonable.
The company argued the hijab did not align with its preppy "look policy" used to promote marketing.
San Fransisco court ruled Abercrombie had no "credible evidence" to prove sales were being affected.