Muslim Women Sue in US Courts for Right to Wear Islamic Garb on the Job

The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case concerning the rights of a woman to wear hijab, a headscarf, while working at Abercrombie and Fitch. This case began in 2008, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on behalf of then seventeen-year-old Samantha Elauf and is known as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs Abercrombie and Fitch Stores, Inc.

France has banned the burqa (a head, face, and full body covering), as well as the hijab (headscarf); to do so in a religion-neutral way, they chose to ban all other religious insignia in certain settings such as public schools for both staff and students and for those who “deliver public services.” Other governments (Denmark, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China) have also banned the headscarf in school or in general. Yes, even Turkey– although, paradoxically, it has begun to force more children into religious schools where hijab is mandatory.

In this case, it is our own federal government which has brought the suit against Abercrombie and Fitch, Inc.