Target: Abercrombie and Fitch retail chain
Goal: Condemn the firing of a Muslim employee for wearing a headscarf
A federal judge recently ruled that the retail chain Abercrombie & Fitch fired a Muslim employee because she wore a headscarf to work. The retail chain claimed that Hani Khan’s headscarf, known as a hijab which is worn for religious reasons, would be a detriment to store sales because it does not conform to the company’s ‘Look Policy.’ The headscarf, they claim, would foster customer confusion. Such a claim has no basis and should be condemned for further exacerbating the anti-Muslim sentiment that is so prevalent in the United States today.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers was not convinced by the company’s argument and further stated that Abercrombie & Fitch did not provide any concrete evidence during the four months of Khan’s employment that there was a decline in sales at the store she was employed at. No customers complained about her wearing the hijab, and the brand was not damaged as a result. The ‘Look Policy’ enforced at Abercrombie & Fitch informs what employees wear while working, including their hairstyle as well as the jewelry they wear.
Abercrombie & Fitch continues to insist that it does not discriminate against an individual because of his or her religion, despite the judge’s recent ruling. However, Khan is not the first employee of the company to accuse them of unfair treatment for donning a hijab. Muslim teenager Samantha Elauf won a discrimination lawsuit against the retail chain in 2011 after a store in Oklahoma refused to employ her because of her hijab.
Other lawsuits against the company have claimed that it uses racist practices that prevent African American, Latino and Asian employees from having visible sales positions. Instead, they are relegated to inventory or back-room stocking. Khan’s firing serves as another example of racism within the company’s practices. Please sign this petition to condemn Abercrombie & Fitch for further fostering anti-Islamic sentiment and urge them to halt the other racist practices in stores nationwide.
Dear Abercrombie & Fitch,
We condemn you for wrongly firing Hani Khan for wearing her headscarf or hijab for religious purposes. Your argument that her wearing it led to a decline in sales is unfounded. There is no concrete evidence that during her four months of employment your brand was damaged, customers were confused, or that sales declined. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers correctly ruled that firing Khan was unwarranted and was rooted in discrimination against Muslim employees.
Khan is not the first employee or potential employee to allege that your company has used discriminatory practices against Muslim, Asian, Latino, and African American employees. Racist practices such as relegating members of those ethnicities and religions to inventory and back-room stocking, away from visible sales positions, is abhorrent and must be condemned. Please stop such discriminatory practices that help sustain racism in today’s purportedly post-racial society.
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