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Supreme Court rules against Abercrombie & Fitch in lawsuit over Muslim woman’s head scarf

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The nation’s highest court on Monday ruled in favor of a woman who was suing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch refused to hire her because she wore a head scarf in observance of her Muslim faith. The legal dispute goes all the way back to 2008 when Samantha Elauf, then 17 years old, applied for a job at a children’s store owned by Abercrombie, but was ultimately denied the job because the headscarf she wears conflicted with the company’s strict “look policy.” In legal proceedings over the years, lawyers for Abercrombie argued that the company had no idea Elauf wore the scarf for religious reasons. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court voted 8-1 that the retailer had failed to accommodate Elauf’s religious needs and discriminating against her in not hiring her. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia even remarked “This is really easy,” from the bench prior to announcing the court’s decision.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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