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Although Stylish, Head Scarfs Violate Abercrombie's fashion forward "Look policy

Head scarfs are not as cool as torn jeans

A head scarf, also known as a hijab or chador, is an item of clothing worn by many Muslim women that represents a symbol of religious identity and observance of modesty. As far as 2004, the head scarf has become a hot political topic in the Western world when France prepared to ban head scarves from public schools, along with other overt religious symbols.

A little closer to home, in Oklahoma, a case was recently filed against Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store at a Tulsa mall because a young muslim girl wore a head scarf to an interview and was denied employment due to her scarf violating their "look policy."

"An attorney for the EEOC claims that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects workers from discrimination based upon religion in hiring. Quoting EEOC senior trial attorney, Michelle Robertson, "It is unlawful for employers to treat applicants or workers differently based on their religious beliefs or practices in any aspect of employment, including recruitment, hiring, and job assignments."

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the EEOC has gone after Abercrombie. In 2004, there was a similar suit based on their "look policy" that accused the company of promoting whites over minorities and cultivating a practically "all-white image." To find out more about this article go to www.employmentokc.com