The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store because she wore a head scarf. Nathan Frandino reports.
An overwhelming victory for Samantha Elauf. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Elauf in an 8-1 vote for a suit against the Abercrombie & Fitch Co clothing store. The Muslim woman was denied a sales job at one of its stores in Oklahoma in 2008 because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. The company said that wearing the scarf violated its sales staff "look policy". The court had to decide whether Elauf was required to ask for a religious accommodation in order to sue the company under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That law bans employment discrimination based on religious beliefs and practices. Elauf wore a head scarf during her interview but did not specifically ask for religious accommodation.