Abercrombie To Back Off Appeal Of Discrimination Ruling
Abercrombie & Fitch will no longer appeal a fine imposed after a judge ruled that one of the retailer’s Minnesota stores violated the rights of a teen with autism.
A judge ordered the clothing chain to pay more than $100,000 in fines after he found that the store discriminated against a 14-year-old with autism when employees would not allow the girl’s sister to accompany her in the dressing room.
The employees said they could not allow more than one person in a dressing room at a time even after the girl’s sister explained that she needed assistance due to her disability.
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In addition to the fine, the judge ordered the retailer to alter its policies on serving customers with disabilities and post notices of the revised policy in Minnesota stores.
Abercrombie & Fitch appealed the decision, but the appeal was thrown out of court because it was not sent by certified mail, as is required by the Minnesota court. Now, a lawyer for the teen says Abercrombie & Fitch officials have indicated that they don’t intend to pursue the matter any further, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. To read more click here.