Meet The Fashion Blogger Who Took On Abercrombie & Fitch
The Supreme Court just ruled in favor of Muslim woman denied a job by the retailer over her hijab
Seven years ago, 17-year-old Samantha Elauf was denied a sales model job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because she wore a hijab for religious reasons. Fast forward to today and Elauf is a taste-making fashion blogger with thousands of followers on social media who just successfully sued the retailer for discrimination.
The Supreme Court on Monday handed Elauf and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the federal agency that represented her in the case—an 8-to-1 victory against retailer Abercrombie & Fitch on the basis of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans religious discrimination in the workplace. According to court documents, Elauf, a Palestinian-American, was denied the position at Abercrombie because her hijab violated the “look policy,” and the court had to answer whether or not individuals must ask for religious accommodation in order for a company to be sued. It ruled that this was not necessary and that “a need for accommodation” simply need to be a motivating factor in an employer’s decision.
The ruling represents a major win for religious groups and in particular Muslims, who reportedly filed more complaints with the EEOC about employer discrimination or their failure to make religious accommodations than any other group in the U.S. As for Elauf, the Supreme Court decision is undeniably a major victory, but really, she beat Abercrombie & Fitch a long time ago. Elauf has an active fashion blog dating back to the start of 2014 and more than 11,000 followers on Instagram. Her Instagram feed is a beautiful collection of photos that show just how stylish Elauf is and what Abercrombie & Fitch missed out on when it chose not to hire her. Scroll down to get a glimpse of her stylish life.