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Court favors Abercrombie in suit over headscarf

TULSA, Okla. — A federal appeals court has dismissed claims by an Oklahoma woman who says she was not hired by retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because her headscarf conflicted with the dress code.

A federal judge in 2011 sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Samantha Elauf. The EEOC alleged that Elauf wasn’t hired in 2008 because her hijab violated the retailer’s ‘‘Look Policy.’’

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A three-judge panel of the appellate court sent the case back to US District Court in Tulsa with instructions to vacate its judgment in favor of EEOC and enter judgment in favor of Abercrombie.

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