A & F’s prejudice should be boycotted

Roshan Rahimi

Three years after a woman who was fired for wearing a hijab filed her original lawsuit, a federal judge ruled in Hani Khan’s favor affirming Hollister’s violation of federal anti-employment discrimination guidelines.

Now at 23, Khan stated to San Jose Mercury News, “My hope is that this case will lead to Abercrombie changing their practices … in regards to religious accommodation.”

She further noted, “I’ve taken this case so publicly, so that they realize what they did was wrong and what they continue to do is wrong.”

It seems as though each time our society tries to take a step forward and move past the still lingering Islamophobic conviction, events like this occur reopening the wound.

Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries, defended his company’s policies recently by saying, “We hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.”

Unfortunately, this is the very company that has reported an unaudited $173.2 million in estimated fourth quarter 2013 reports, according to The Wall Street Journal.

If you’ve ever passed by an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store something that stands out is its half-naked models and its engrossing aroma of their cologne.

The same effect is habituated with its sister store Hollister. Both of these chains have acquired a reputation of clashing with the parents of their pre-teen and teenage shoppers.

Their apparel has repeatedly been frowned upon for its racism, sexism, and size discrimination. This store should be boycotted by anyone who still values basic human rights and equality.

Khan, a then-19-year-old student from San Mateo, was once an employee of Hollister until she was fired despite her right as a Muslim-American.

After wearing a hijab, or religious veil worn by many Muslim women, for four months she was asked repeatedly to remove this covering prior to showing up for work by Hollister management.

According to NBC News, she was accused for going against the company’s “Look Policy.”

If we stopped supporting such companies, no one would have to endure this specific type of emotional pain and hardship. Big companies such as A & F; would not think these actions standard if they saw a number of their supporters upset.

We need to stop funneling our money into companies who have openly Islamophobic policies. We are a nation built on religious freedom, which should allow a woman to cover herself without having to worry about her employment status.

If Abercrombie & Fitch is willing to sell underwear labeled as short, a Muslim employee should have the right to wear a headscarf labeled as a hijab.