Abercrombie & Fitch Will Pay Over $158K to Settle Discrimination Charges

Abercrombie & Fitch agrees to overhaul its hiring practices and pay over $158,000 in discrimination settlement.

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Looks like there are even more changes to come at Abercrombie & Fitch.

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced it had come to an agreement with the clothing retailer, after it had been accused of discriminating against a foreign job applicant by requiring her to show her green card.

According to Business of Fashion, the settlement now requires Abercrombie to special monitoring of its hiring practices, as well as to pay over $158,000 to those who had been discriminated against for their citizenship status.

The store was charged with violating the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act by asking some potential employees for written proof of their immigration status—basically to determine whether or not the applicants were eligible for employment; however, hiring managers did no require the same proof from U.S. citizens, which was the main issue at hand.

Under the settlement, Abercrombie will pay the complainant $3,661 in back pay and interest, establish a $153,932 fund to compensate others who faced similar discrimination, and pay a $1,100 civil fine.

A spokesperson for Abercrombie has yet to comment. 

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