• Michele Ropbinson February 28, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I think Abercrobie has every right to fire this person refusing to take off her religious scarf. I find those scarf's offensive and don't like to even pass someone on the street none the less a sales person. You need to leave your religious preferences at the alter.

    • admin March 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Michele, Well, can't say that I agree with you–but hey, everyone has a right to their opinion. What's interesting with this one is not so much that the employee is Islamic or wears a hijab, but that she was hired in the first place and told initially–at least according to all the reports–that she could wear it–so long as it was the "right" color. Kind of hard to accept someone on certain grounds and then reject them on the very same grounds that you seemingly accepted them on. A couple of things I am curious about though in reference to your comment…first, is it only a hijab that you find offensive–or is it also like, a yarmulke or a cross on a necklace or ashes on the forehead on Ash Wednesday, or those little fish people put on the backs of their cars or WWJD t-shirts or a Star of David–or, I'm wondering how you react to passing a group of Hare Krishna's on the street (does George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" cause you to twitch–?). Just asking. Then, you indicate that one should leave their religious preferences at the alter–or "altar" as would be the case in my religion; does that mean that, say, companies shouldn't give employees off for Christmas and Good Friday–and that those should be taken as vacation days? Again, just asking.

  • rue March 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I don't care for the scarfs either but I understand it is due to their religious teaching. I would love to see their hair, but I do understand. It is a shame that it is 2010 and we still don't get it. People are People and we need each other. This employee has every right to earn a living and a scarf should be no cause to take her job away. I heard of many stupid reasons but this one takes the cake.

    • admin March 4, 2010 at 4:52 am

      Hi Rue, Thanks for your comment–you summed it up nicely by saying "People are People". I was actually in a major retailer yesterday (no, not Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch) and took note of a saleswoman wearing a hijab, and also of two shoppers wearing them. They were certainly in the minority but everyone just went about their business just fine and it was hard not to reflect on the seemingly ridiculous-ness of the Holllister situation.

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