The outcome of a complaint filed by a Tulsa Muslim teenager against Abercrombie & Fitch may never be made public.
The girl ... filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month alleging that the popular clothier's Woodland Hills store refused to hire her because she wears a religiously mandated head scarf....
EEOC attorney Michelle Robertson said her office cannot comment on any charge that is still open because of confidentiality requirements of the Civil Rights Act, and cannot even confirm that the case was filed.
In general, she said, when a complaint is filed, it is assigned to an investigator who gets information from the employer and elsewhere and makes a recommendation to the area director.
In 5 percent of the cases, there is enough evidence to determine that discrimination occurred, she said.
Nearly all of the cases with evidence of discrimination are settled out of court and remain confidential.
Only 1 percent of those 5 percent wind up in court, where they become public, she said. [Link]
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