Jun 11 2011
This uppity Muslim says, “If the company is not willing to change its policy and submit to my religious demands, I will take it as far as I can.” (In other words, CAIR will sue you for everything you’ve got)
CAIRtv –Wearing a head scarf may have cost a Bay Area woman her job. Until Monday she worked at the popular apparel chain Hollister, but the teen says corporate told her religious head scarves do not fit with the company’s image. Now she wants the feds to investigate.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been asked to look into the woman’s sudden termination. If the agency finds she was discriminated against, that could mean a federal lawsuit against Hollister’s parent company, Abercrombie and Fitch.
“I didn’t realize it before, but I am different,” said Hani. This is the first time she says she felt like an outcast and now, she wants to remain anonymous. “It did hurt,” said Hani. (Oh, BOO HOO!)
The 19-year-old woman is a native Californian and a Muslim who wears a Hijab, or head scarf, and on Monday she was fired from her stock room position at the Hollister store at Hillsdale Mall.
However, for six months, Hani’s hijab look was fine with local managers as long as her scarf fit with the stores’ color theme. This month corporate H.R. told Hani the hijab did not jibe with the company’s laid back look. (The only thing the company did wrong was to hire a muslim in the first place)
“It seems to me that it’s a blatant decision that over and over again, they are saying that our look policy is worth more than how we value the law and how we value diversity,” said Zahra Billoo from the Bay Area Council on American-Islamic Relations. No, a private store has the right to impose a dress code on its (at will) employees
CAIR sent a formal complaint to the EEOC. CAIR is accusing Hollister’s corporate company, Abercrombie and Fitch, of failing to accommodate Hani’s religious requirements, which are protected by federal guidelines