SHAFAQNA -Â A U.S.Â fashion retailerÂ has agreed to pay more thanÂ $25,000Â toÂ a Muslim woman who was denied a job because she wore a headscarf during a job interview, a federal agency announced Tuesday.
Last month, theÂ Supreme Court ruled 8-1 thatÂ AbercrombieÂ & Fitch failed to accommodate Samantha Elaufâ€™s religious needs when they declined to hire her in 2008 for a position at anÂ AbercrombieÂ Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The U.S.Â Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said aÂ federal appeals court dismissed on Monday the company’s appeal to the ruling.
The company has paidÂ $25,670 in damages to Elauf and $18,983 in court costs, the agency said.
Discriminating against an applicant based on religion is illegal under federal law, unless the employer can prove that accommodating the applicant would impose an undue hardship.
While Elauf earned high marks during the hiring process, her score was downgraded because she woreÂ a headscarf during the interview.
The company had argued that it couldnâ€™t have known that it needed to make an exemption to its employee dress codeÂ because Elauf didnâ€™t identify herself as a Muslim.
However, the court ruling in JuneÂ found thatÂ the retailersÂ â€œknew â€” or at least suspected â€” that the scarf was worn for religious reasons”.