Disabled student wins tribunal against Abercrombie & Fitch

A student with a prosthetic arm who did not fit the “look” of clothes store Abercrombie & Fitch was awarded £9,000 in compensation yesterday, the Daily Mail has reported.

Riam Dean, 22, said she was banned from the floor of the clothing retailer’s flagship London store and banished to the stockroom.

A tribunal yesterday ruled that Dean was unlawfully harassed over her disability and subsequently dismissed without good reason.

It awarded her a total of £9,014, including £136 in damages, £7,800 for injury to her feelings, and £1,077 for loss of earnings.

Central London Employment Tribunal heard how Dean took on a £6.50-an-hour job at the Savile Row store last summer to help fund the final year of her law degree.

Dean claimed her bosses suggested she stay in the storeroom until the more-covering winter uniforms arrived some months later. This upset her so much that she quit after working just five shifts.

But the tribunal concluded that Dean’s claim of direct disability discrimination was “not well founded”.

This was because the firm had not treated her differently from non-disabled staff, who were also subject to the “look policy”. However, it said that Abercrombie should have made an adjustment for her disability.

Abercrombie & Fitch was last night unavailable for comment.

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