Abercrombie Accused of Religious Discrimination and More: News Roundup

A former Abercrombie & Fitch employee is alleging that she was fired for refusing to remove her hijab (CBS). According to the young woman’s statement, she was originally hired under the agreement that her attire would fit the company’s colors, but a visiting manager asked the woman to remove the headscarf because it conflicted with the company’s “look policy” (San Mateo Daily News). She was sent home when she refused and subsequently fired when she reiterated that she would not come to work without her hijab. The woman says she is suing to bring awareness to the company’s discriminatory practices.

A man in Oregon was shot by his coworker this past week over a difference in religious belief, according to the victim’s mother. She says that the shooter was teased over his belief in the predicted rapture that failed to occur this past May and snapped, shooting her son in the shoulder, narrowly missing his spine.   (CBS)

Senator Mark Kirk (R) has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate Delta’s developing partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines for potential discriminatory policy or practice. Many are concerned that Delta flights run by the partner airline will not allow Jewish passengers to board. Delta says that they must abide by the laws of the destination country, but that the Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion. There has been no mention of whether a passenger who owns a passport stamped in Israel would be cleared to board a Saudi Arabian bound flight. (The Hill)

The female weightlifter noted in June 10’s news roundup has won the support of the International Weightlifting Federation (ABC).   They recently approved the use of a one piece unitard that adheres to the competitor’s religious tradition and enables judges to determine whether the athlete’s elbows are locked during a lift. This policy change will enable female competitors worldwide to adhere to their religious values while representing their country in the upcoming Olympics. In a related decision, the International Basketball Federation has decided to allow an Orthodox Jewish player to cover her arms during competitions in accordance with her religious beliefs (Huffington Post). Meanwhile, the Quebec Soccer Federation has adopted FIFA’s attire policy and banned any religious attire on the field. In separate incidents, a young Muslim referee and Sikh player were asked to leave the field for wearing a hijab and turban, respectively. (The Weekly Voice)

In other news: