Attys Cast Doubt On Abercrombie's Preppy Look Defense
By Leigh Kamping-Carder
Law360, New York (April 28, 2011, 3:55 PM ET) -- While some employers have won the right to enforce strict dress codes despite employees' religious beliefs, Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc.'s argument that its preppy image would suffer if it let a sales worker wear a Muslim head scarf likely won't defeat a federal agency's discrimination suit, attorneys say.
Abercrombie has defended itself against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's action by contending that the employee's religious garb would hurt sales and cause the retailer undue hardship, but it faces an uphill battle to persuade a...