Abercrombie & Fitch is a business built on sex appeal.
But employees say the company’s “Look Policy” goes as far as to discriminate against religious preferences and personal taste, report Kim Bhasin and Caroline Fairchild at The Huffington Post.
HuffPo interviewed Hani Khan, the former employee who was fired in 2010 for refusing to remove her head scarf on the job.
Khan is now suing the company for discrimination.
She said she felt “ashamed and angry” when she was asked to remove the head scarf.
Another employee of Abercrombie-owned Hollister told HuffPo that she was forced to cut off a sacred string a Hindu priest had tied around her wrist.
The company’s policies extend to other areas as well.
“According to store employees, any number of violations can get workers reprimanded, sent home or fired: a decal on a fingernail, a 5 o’clock shadow, hair highlights, traces of eyeliner,” HuffPo writes.
The strict code also extends to certain hairstyles and the colour black.
The company declined to comment for HuffPo’s story.
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