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Orthodox Jews back scarf-wearing Muslim in Abercrombie & Fitch case
by Javier Panzar
Seven Orthodox Jewish groups, a Muslim civil rights organization and a public interest law firm supporting religious freedom filed briefs this week with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Muslim teenager who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf.
Samantha Elauf was 17 when she was rejected by a Tulsa, Okla., branch of the clothing store.
Employees acknowledged that she was turned down because her scarf didn't meet the company's "look policy" that requires its sales staff to be in keeping with its "classic East Coast collegiate style of clothing," according to court filings.
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