Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:June 28th, 2011 11:22 EST
hijab

Bravo! Abercrombie & Fitch Fires Muslim Lady Over Wearing A Hijab

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Foster City woman who is suing Abercrombie & Fitch for allegedly firing her for wearing a headscarf said she was "completely shocked" when she lost her job after she had been working at a retail store at the Hillsdale Shopping Center for four months.

hijab

Hani Khan, 20, said it was the first time in her life she had faced discrimination since she started wearing a headscarf in kindergarten. As a Muslim, she chooses to wear a headscarf, or hijab, that covers her hair, ears and neck as part of her religious practice of modesty when in public.

http://southsanfrancisco.patch.com/articles/woman-shocked-over-headscarf-firing?ncid=webmail2

When a young girl or a woman walks into a clothing store and she sees a store employee wearing a hijab she`s liable to do a u turn and walk right out of there.

A hijab is the antithesis of haute couture and modern fashion sensibilities, it`s a symbol of women`s oppression. Why would any sensible lady patronize an establishment where a female staff member dons such reprehensible attire?

Abercrombie & Fitch and its affliliated stores have a "look policy",employees must wear clothes that convey a "beachy, fun vibe." There is nothing beachy or fun about a hijab, it conjures up images of a Muslim man beating his wife for having the temerity to go to the mall by herself.

This is America for heaven`s sake; we believe in Mom,apple pie and shopping until you drop at a hajib-free mall. A fun vibe is what we`re all about, and a hajib is anathema to those of us who like to have a good time.

Khan is free to walk around in a hajib at home and in public, but once she steps into an Abercrombie & Fitch store, as an employee she must comply with company policy.

Send an email to Abercrombie & Fitch and praise them for doing the right thing.

Follow Robert Paul Reyes on Twitter: http://twitter.com/robertpaulreyes