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Student alleges discrimination by Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch is being sued by a woman who alleges the US retailer made her work in the stock room instead of on the shop floor because her prosthetic limb did not fit with the chain’s image.

According to the BBC Online Riam Dean said she was taken off the shop floor of the American retailer’s London flagship store on Savile Row because she did not fit with the company’s “Look Policy”.

Dean was born with her left forearm missing and told an Industrial Tirbunal that she was given special permission to wear a cardigan to cover her arm when on the shop floor, but after a few days she alleges she was sent to work in the stock room because the cardigan did not fit with the retailer’s image.

Ambercrombie & Fitch said that Deans’ portrayl of what happened through her employment was inaccurate.

Dean is seeking damages of up to £20,000 for disability discrimination.

Abercrombie & Fitch came under fire over its recruitment policy when it first opened in the UK in 2007.

Draper’s managing editor and news editor Jessica Price Brown will be interviewed tonight on the Six o clock BBC news about the case.

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