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Thinly Veiled Racism

Abercrombie & Fitch fire a Hollister employee for wearing hijab.

It’s no secret that most of us go to Abercrombie & Fitch for the hot, ripped, half naked bodies paraded around the store in every corner. Going to Abercrombie or Hollister is like going to a strip joint without the guilt and shame of going to a strip joint.

Back in 2010, a Muslim Hollister employee was fired for wearing a hijab on the job. The woman, Hani Khan, then sued Abercrombie (the mother company) for wrongful termination. “Reasonable jurors could determine that by offering Khan one option — to remove her hijab despite her religious beliefs — Abercrombie acted with malice, reckless indifference or in the face of a perceived risk that its actions violated federal law,” the judgment reads.

Despite Abercrombie spokesman claiming they don’t discriminate based on religion, we all remember CEO Mike Jeffries' outrageous statements about only marketing to attractive people. “We hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don't market to anyone other than that”, said Jeffries.

Judge Yavonne Gonzalez Rogers ruled in favour of Khan last week and a trial will begin at the end of this month. Although we don’t understand why a veiled Muslim would want to work at a clothes store that hires people to walk around without clothes on, no one has the right to fire someone over their religious beliefs.