Student with prosthetic arm wins Abercrombie case
LONDON — A law student with a prosthetic arm has won her suit for wrongful dismissal against U.S. clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she was ordered to work in the stockroom.
Riam Dean says she was removed from a London branch’s sales floor because the cardigan she wore to cover her missing left forearm violated the teen apparel merchant’s strict dress code.
The 22-year-old testified that her manager taunted her about her disability. Ohio-based Abercrombie denied this.
A London employment trial ordered Abercrombie to pay Dean about 9,000 pounds ($15,000) in compensation for injured feelings, lost earnings and wrongful dismissal.
The company, known for its edgy advertisements, has faced allegations it favors young, good-looking sales staff.