17 August 2009
Ex-Abercrombie worker awarded compensation for discrimination
Compensation has been awarded to a 22-year-old ex-employee of Abercrombie & Fitch who suffered discrimination due to her prosthetic arm.
West London-based student Riam Dean, who is studying law, accused the American retailer of "hiding her" in the stockroom of the Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store in the capital because of her disability.
She said that she made her employers aware of her prosthesis after she was hired for the job and was initially told she could wear a cardigan while working on the sales floor.
But later, she was told that the cardigan was in breach of the store's "look policy" and she was assigned to work in the stockroom.
She told a tribunal that a member of staff in the head office of Abercrombie & Fitch - which also operates stores across the United States and Canada - had remarked she should remain out of sight of the customers "until the winter uniform arrives".
In addition to the £7,800 she was awarded in compensation for injury to her feelings, Ms Dean was also granted £1,077 in lost earnings and £138 in damages for wrongful dismissal.