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Victory for Abercrombie & Fitch shop worker

An Abercrombie & Fitch shop worker with a prosthetic arm has won her case for wrongful dismissal against the retailer.

Riam Dean claimed 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”.

A central London tribunal has ruled she was wrongfully dismissed and unlawfully harassed, but did not uphold her claim for disability discrimination.

According to reports, the tribunal awarded Dean £7,800 compensation for injury to her feelings and £1,077.37 for loss of earnings and £136.75 damages for her wrongful dismissal.

Dean is believed to have befriended disabled model Sophie Morgan and the pair have launched Imperfect, a clothing range and campaign group.

 

 

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  • I'm glad she won her case. However, this will not be enough to stop Abercrombie & Fitch's discriminatory hiring practices. I know plenty of skilled retail professionals who are short, large, differently abled or whose looks aren’t conventionally beautiful and Abercrombie’s policy is insulting not to mention condescending. Do they really believe that just because they hire models to work in their store that the people that shop there automatically think they'll be as beautiful as them when they wear their brand? I am fully aware that aspirational marketing is a tool widely used across all retail industries but it appears as though the execs at Abercrombie have been taking it a little too literally.

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