Recently a Muslim woman named Samantha Elauf won a Supreme Court case after she tried to get a job as a salesperson at Abercrombie & Fitch but was not hired, and she subsequently sued.
Personally I wouldn’t have a problem with a salesperson wearing a hijab, including at a store that strives to maintain a particular aesthetic style. However, I think that a company’s right to enforce a specific brand image should be respected under law.
The religious customs you practice – and the strictness with which you practice them – are a personal choice, unlike your ethnicity or gender or sexual orientation which are inherent (nor can they be temporarily changed during work). And if your interpretation of that religion comes with requirements like wearing a hijab, then that is a restriction you are putting on yourself (On a side note, the requirement to wear hijab is debated, and some Muslim women don’t even wear it at all).
Furthermore, to comply with a dress code at a job you voluntarily chose is not to say that you “aren’t allowed” to have your beliefs. It just means that it’s not the company’s job to support that practice during the hours you agree to work there. In all jobs we have to do things that may not agree with our personal practices or views on the right way (logically or ethically) to do things. But if we agree to be employed by someone else, then we must accept their rules. Alternatively, we can simply get a job somewhere else.
In my opinion, it should not even matter if the headscarf had anything to do with religion or not. If she were not a Muslim, but she insisted on wearing a piece of clothing that contradicted an employer’s requirements then the Supreme Court would have ruled against Samantha. But this country respects delusional beliefs about violent deities more than the rights of businesses to choose employees who accept their dress codes.
The clothier has strict guidelines for how its sales staff (“models,” in their parlance, after all) must look while selling jeans and tees to the masses.
These rules include a ban on facial hair, unnatural-looking highlighted hair and dangly earrings. And “caps,” including headscarves worn for religious reasons.