Court Dismisses Case Against A&F

Oct 3, 2013

A federal appeals court has dismissed claims by an Oklahoma woman who says she was not hired by New Albany-based Abercrombie & Fitch because her head scarf conflicted with the retailer's dress code, which has since been changed.

A federal judge initially sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Samantha Elauf. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Elauf never told the retailer she needed a religious accommodation, even though she was wearing the head scarf during her interview. The company changed its policy three years ago. It recently settled similar lawsuits in California.