A Muslim former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch is suing the clothing retailer in a US court, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her headscarf.
Hani Khan said that a shop manager at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, California, hired her while she was wearing her hijab and told her it was acceptable to wear it as long as it was in company colours.
Four months later, the 20-year-old said a district manager and human resources manager asked if she could remove the hijab while working. She was suspended and then fired for refusing to do so.
The lawsuit comes after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that Ms Khan was fired illegally.