A tribunal has found that clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wrongfully dismissed an employee with a prosthetic arm.
Law student Riam Dean told how she was taken off the US fashion giant’s shop floor in its flagship Savile Row store in London because she did not fit the store’s “look policy”.
Dean was born with her left forearm missing. She claimed she was made to work in the stockroom of the shop after working just five shifts, following a confrontation with a store manager.
She told the tribunal she had been granted special permission to wear a cardigan to cover the join in her prosthetic limb, but was later removed from the shop floor because the cardigan did not adhere to the retailer’s dress code.
Dean started working at Abercrombie & Fitch’s Savile Row store on June 11 last year, before resigning on July 4.
The tribunal ruled she was wrongfully dismissed and unlawfully harassed but did not uphold her claim for disability discrimination.