A former stockroom employee of Abercrombie & Fitch is suing the company for firing her because she refused to take off her Muslim headscarf, AP reports.
The story comes in the midst of battles across the globe over the right of women to wear the headscarf and other forms of hijab, with France recently banning the wearing of facial veils in public places because, they argued, it was demeaning to women and prevented identification.
Hani Khan says that she was hired to work at an Abercrombie store while she was wearing the headscarf, and the manager told her she could wear it to work so long as it was in company colors. But she says that she was later suspended and fired because when a district manager and human resources manager asked her to remove the hijab while working, she refused to do so.
In response to the suit, Abercrombie's general counsel said:
We comply with the law regarding reasonable religious accommodation, and we will continue to do so. We are confident that when this matter is tried, a jury will find that we have fully complied with the law.
Stated Khan, currently a political science major in college:
Growing up in this country where the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, I felt let down. This case is about principles, the right to be able to express your religion freely and be able to work in this country.