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I have never shopped at an Abercrombie & Fitch and couldn’t tell you what they sell, and I wouldn’t try to get a job there because I do not care that much about fashion. Abercrombie & Fitch is a store known all over world with stores in Canada, Europe, Asia, and in Dubai. Title VII was enacted to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” Title VII did not include a definition for religion which caused confusion in this case, because anyone can claim whatever they want to be part of their religion.(Richards) The main argument for this case was that Elauf never informed Abercrombie prior to its hiring decision that her practice of wearing her hijab stemmed from her religious beliefs and that she needed an accommodation for Abercrombie& Fitch policy of no head gear and their “look policy”. Abercrombiefinally amended their hat policy in 2013 to allow woman to wear the hijab when another woman was fired for refusing to remove hers’. This wasn’t the first time they were sued for their look policy, in 2005 they had to pay $40 million to applicants who said they had been denied jobs because of their race or gender.

Abercrombie& Fitch had a certain customer they wanted to bring into their stores which was the good looking people so they only hired the looking people, and had shirtless guys out front of the stores to bring in customers. This mindset created the situations that started the lawsuits. The recession in 2009 and pushback from the public forced Abercrombie to reevaluate their policies on the “look policy”. The changing of the policy was the best social responsible thing the company could of have done. The former CEO, Mike Jefferies, commented on the fact that Abercrombie and Fitch does not sell women's shirt sizes above a large because he does not believe that "fat" people should be wearing the company's clothing. He also mentioned that the clothing was only to be worn by "cool" people and that "losers" should not be shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch and wearing the clothes. (Bradford) Abercrombie doesn’t fall under an ethical theory because they didn’t display any ethics, they were not benefiting any group of people or benefiting society.

Bradford, Harry. "Abercrombie & Fitch's Reputation Takes A Hit After CEO's 'Fat' Comments Resurface [CHART]."The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 16 May 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2014

Richards, Kristin. Oklahoma City University Law Review. Spring2016, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p53-81. 29p

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