Abercrombie & Fitch is being sued by a law student who claims she was forced to work in a stockroom because her prosthetic arm did not fit the chain’s image.

Riam Dean said she was taken off the shop floor of the American retailer’s London flagship store on Savile Row because she did not fit with the company’s “Look Policy”.

22-year-old Dean, who was born with her left forearm missing, is seeking damages of up to £20,000 for disability discrimination in an employment tribunal that began today.

She said when she started working at Abercrombie & Fitch she was given special permission to wear a cardigan to cover her arm but after a few days was sent to the stock room because she was breaking the “Look Policy”.