Jury Awards Hijab Wearer $20K In Abercrombie Hiring Suit

Law360, New York (July 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT) -- An Oklahoma federal jury on Wednesday awarded $20,000 in compensatory damages to a Muslim woman who accused Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit of refusing to hire her because she wore a hijab, but the jury did not grant punitive damages.

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell had ruled in favor of the EEOC on behalf of plaintiff  Samantha Elauf, an observant Muslim teenager, in June. The agency accused New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie of not hiring Elauf for a...
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