June 27th, 2011 08:08 EST
Abercrombie & Fitch to Be Sued by Calif. Muslim Over Hijab Firing
On Monday, June 27, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) will hold a news conference in San Francisco to announce a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch for firing a Muslim employee who refused to remove her religious head scarf, or hijab.
WHAT: News Conference Announcing Lawsuit Against Abercrombie & Fitch for Religious Discrimination
WHEN: Monday, June 27, 10 a.m. PST
WHERE: LAS-ELC`s Office, 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 600, San Francisco
WHO: Attorneys from LAS-ELC and CAIR-SFBA, as well as the plaintiff, a San Mateo, Calif., Muslim who was terminated from her work at a Hollister Co. location in the Hillsdale mall, are scheduled to attend the news conference.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo, 626-252-0885, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Christopher Herrera, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, 415.593.0071, E-Mail: email@example.com
The plaintiff worked for Hollister Co., a brand of Abercrombie & Fitch, for several months in 2009-2010 while wearing hijab. In February 2010, she was terminated from her position as a stockroom employee after refusing to remove her scarf. At the time, she was told that her head scarf, though worn based on a religious mandate, was not in compliance with the company`s "look policy."
The suit is being filed in conjunction with a lawsuit filed against Abercrombie & Fitch by the San Francisco District Office of the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
CAIR is America`s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
The Legal Aid Society of San Francisco-Employment Law Center was founded in 1916 and is committed to protecting the rights and economic self-sufficiency of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families. The LAS-ELC provides free legal services, educational materials, technical assistance to other groups, and direct legal representation addressing racial equality; gender equity; immigration and national origin, and disability rights.