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Abercrombie settles hijab lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO—Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations and allow workers to wear head scarves as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, lawyers announced. The retailer will now allow hijabs, the traditional head scarves worn by many Muslim women when in public.
One judge determined the company fired a Muslim worker from a California store, while another judge said it refused to hire another woman in the state because of their refusal to remove their hijabs during work. The rulings came after the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits on behalf of both women. In court papers filed Friday, Abercrombie agreed to pay the women a combined $71,000 and unspecified attorney fees.
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