EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch
On February 23, 2010, Ms. Umme-Hani Kahn, a practicing Muslim, was fired from an Abercrombie & Fitch store because she wore a headscarf, known as a hijab. A case was brought against Abercrombie & Fitch on behalf of Ms. Kahn by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Bay Area Legal Aid. This team successfully attained a summary adjudication ruling by US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that Abercrombie & Fitch violated anti-discrimination laws, acted with malice and reckless indifference and that the retailer must revise its controversial “Look Policy” to protect against further discrimination. After the ruling, rather than allow a jury to decide damages to be awarded, Abercrombie settled with Ms. Kahn.
The Focal Point’s Role
A team from The Focal Point skilled in trial strategy, jury consulting, and graphics presentation met with the large defense group. Over a period of several weeks the two teams worked together to flesh out the main story of the case and various possible strategies for trial presentation. In addition to strategy support, The Focal Point created a series of graphics from voluminous, complicated evidence in order to summarize and clarify the essential information.
After a summary adjudication ruling by Judge Rogers, the case was successfully settled with Abercrombie & Fitch.
US District Court for the Northern District of California
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
The Focal Point's Clients
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Council on American–Islamic Relations
Bay Area Legal Aid