Insult and injury at Abercrombie & Fitch: poor earnings, and a lost lawsuit


Today brought a double dose of bad news for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF). On top of disappointing earnings for the second quarter, the Associated Press reports that a London court has ordered the clothing chain to pay a disabled employee about $15,000 for injured feelings and wrongful dismissal.

The court turned down a discrimination claim that Abercrombie had disputed.

Riam Dean, a 22-year-old university student, had complained that her bosses would not let her wear a sweater to cover her prosthetic arm and tried to shift her off the shop floor. Dean's suit claimed that she was told she didn't fit in with the "look policy" at the chain's store on Savile Row in central London.