Because she wore a " HEADSCARF"
Samantha Elauf flew to Washington DC to the Supreme Court on Febuary 25 th 2015 for the hearing of her case against clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch. She was turned down for a sales staff position at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in 2008 because she was wearing a headscarf.
Samantha Elauf was 17 when she interviewed for a 'model' position at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2008.
She never voiced or showed her religious views or her need to wear a headscarf but the assistant store manager assumed she was a Muslim.
She impressed the assistant store manager, who then consulted another manager and explained that she thought Elauf wore the scarf for religious reasons ......the manager said the headscarf wasn't permitted even if it was worn because of Elauf's religion.
The headscarf, or hijab, conflicted with the company's Look Policy......
Elauf was furious she hired a lawyer and took her case to a federal court which ruled for the young woman, and she was awarded $20,000 in damages. But the U.S. appeals court in Denver threw out the verdict and decided Elauf had no case because she had failed to mention her religion or ask for an accommodation that would have allowed her to wear the head scarf.
After 7 long years of legal wrangling the case was taken to the highest court in the nation the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court justices who have favored legal protections for religious beliefs questioned a lawyer for Abercrombie & Fitch Wednesday over the clothier's refusal to hire a headscarf-wearing Muslim girl.
The hour-long oral argument exposed the retailer and its "look policy" for sales associates to harsh criticism from both liberal and conservative justices. They unanimously appeared to reject the statement that the girl was turned down for her black hijab, not her religion.