Good Morning America recently published an online article about18-year-old Hani Khan; she worked at the San Mateo, CA Hollister store in 2010. After roughly 4 months of employment, store managers began expressing concern to Khan that the head scarf which she regularly wore while on the job did not fit in with the store’s “look policy.” The look policy covers everything from an employee’s attire to the way in which he/she should style his/her hair while on the job. After Khan refused to remove the Hijab she was terminated.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch (Hollister’s parent company) on the Muslim teenager’s behalf in 2011. A federal judge issued the ruling in the case last week: Abercrombie & Fitch did in fact discriminate against Khan. The teen is now speaking out, saying that she feels the retailer’s policy is “very unfair.” She expressed hope in the article that Abercrombie and Fitch will implement some changes in their policies. This article demonstrates the principle of there being no such thing as influence. Although Abercrombie’s look policy clearly spelled out a specific way to dress, Khan was not influenced by it and still wore what she wanted to wear. Hani Khan will always do what she wants to do based on who she is.
Article Reference: Muslim Fired by Abercrombie for Head Scarf Says Policy ‘Very Unfair’ – Reena Ninan – Good Morning America – September 10, 2013. Retrieved from http://gma.yahoo.com/muslim-fired-abercrombie-head-scarf-says-policy-very-131607651–abc-news-topstories.html?vp=1