Date: June 2009
Law student Riam Dean was employed at A&F's London flagship. Dean was born without a left forearm, and has a prosthetic limb. Initially she was given permission to wear a cardigan over her standard polo and jean uniform to cover up her prosthetic limb, until someone from the "visual team" asked her to take it off in order to preserve the store's overall aesthetic. When she wouldn't she was soon relegated to the stock room, out of customer sight, for allegedly violating A&F's "Look Policy." When asked if she could work in the stock room until winter (when her long-sleeved looks would be more "acceptable"), she walked out and sued the company to the tune of approximately $40,000.