Not too cool for a lawsuit: Abercrombie & Fitch dinged for discrimination


A London tribunal today ruled that Riam Dean, 22, suffered unlawful harassment when she was an employee at Abercrombie & Fitch. She was awarded $13,256.81, or £8,000 pounds.

Dean, who has a prosthetic arm, had sued the company after her store manager allegedly forced her to wear a cardigan to cover the prosthesis, then demoted her from a sales position on the floor to a stockroom job.

When Dean's case first came to light, I wrote a post for Walletpop suggesting that perhaps the young woman's complaint should mark the end of the road for A&F, a brand that has experienced more than its fair share of discrimination controversies -- and one that's now also battling a grave downturn in sales.