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Retail clothing chain found guilty of religious discrimination

Because the United States is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds, there are often people who practice different religions living in the same area and working in the same place. While this diversity can lead to an opportunity for people to learn more about other cultural traditions, it can also unfortunately lead to discrimination. Many people, including some in Florida, have a tendency to base judgments on outer appearances, but if this type of discrimination occurs at a place of employment, a worker may wish to file a wrongful termination claim.

A Muslim worker was the victim of such discrimination after she was terminated from her position at the clothing retail store Hollister. The former employee practiced the religious tradition of wearing a hijab, a headscarf worn to cover her hair. According to reports, the girl was first asked to wear scarves that were in colors associated with the store, a request to which she complied.

The employee was later terminated, however, as her employer cited that her hijab did not conform to the dress code for the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission later filed a lawsuit against Abercrombie and Fitch Co., of which Hollister is a branch, for religious discrimination in relation to the former employee's termination. A judge deemed the company's firing of the girl as a discriminatory practice, and a further court date is set to determine damages and possible penalties.

Facing religious discrimination is something that employees should not have to worry about. Having a job as well as practicing a religion are two very important aspects in the lives of many. Worrying about losing a job due to the religion a person practices only adds unnecessary stress to a person's life. However, if a person does find him- or herself in such a situation where they are facing discrimination in the workplace, they may wish to gather information on Florida employment laws to see if action may need to be taken.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, EEOC: Judge Says Abercrombie Discriminated When It Fired Hijab-Wearing Employee, Kristin Jones, Sept. 9, 2013

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