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Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee was asked to wear headscarves in Hollister colors which she did.  After several months, a district manager was in the store and did not like the scarf.  The employee was told the headscarf violated the company dress code and she would be removed from the schedule if she did not stop wearing it.  When she did not comply she was fired.  The District Court agreed with the employee and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”), that the termination violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”).  See United States EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125628 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 3, 2013).

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