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When dress codes go beyond safety, professionalism

When someone interviews for a job, they generally try to dress professionally, or at least in a way that is expected for the job for which they are applying. If the person is hired, it would be expected that they could wear something similar to what they wore at their interview, if not even more casual.

However, one young woman claims she was discriminated against when she worked at the teen clothing store Abercrombie. According to a report, the woman said she wore her hijab, a headscarf sometimes worn by Muslim women, to her interview.

She was hired and started working at the store, but was fired after four months when a district manager came to the store, asked her to remove the hijab, and she refused. A judge recently ruled in her favor, saying Abercrombie acted with malice and violated federal labor employment laws.

The dress code rules at Abercrombie were reported to be very restrictive, and many employees said they could easily be sent home or fired for any number of violations. When someone can't practice a religious display while at work in the form of their dress, they might be experiencing employment discrimination. Speaking with an experienced employment law attorney might be a wise decision.

An attorney can help a person understand their rights and advise them of what action to take if they are still employed. If the person quit or was fired, they still might be able to take action and could recover some lost wage expenses.

Source: Huffington Post, “Abercrombie Dress Code Enables Discrimination, Insiders Say,” Kim Bhasin and Caroline Fairchild, Sept. 19, 2013

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