Thursday, August 20, 2009
Prosthetic arm student wins 'look' policy case
A law student with a prosthetic arm has won her case for wrongful dismissal by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, it was confirmed today.
Riam Dean, who was born with her left forearm missing, claimed she was forced to work in the stockroom of the US firm's London store because she did not fit its strict "look" policy.
Dean, 22, from Greenford, Middlesex, told the tribunal she was 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 firm's dress code.
Miss Dean started working at the company's flagship Savile Row store on 11 June last year.
The central London tribunal heard that she worked five shifts before resigning on 4 July.
The tribunal ruled she was wrongfully dismissed and unlawfully harassed but did not uphold her claim for disability discrimination.
Her mother, May, said her daughter was "very, very pleased" at the outcome but declined to comment further.
The Independent, 13th August 2009