WASHINGTON -- Samantha Elauf finally had a decision Monday, on a case she filed against Abercrombie & Fitch back in 2008. The young Muslim woman originally sued the retailer because she said she was denied a job because of her head scarf, which she wore for religious reasons. Seven years later, Elauf had her answer. The Supreme Court ruled in her favor in an 8-1 vote.
In Houston, the Muslim community has been watching the case closely. Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Houston Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says this is a win, not only for Muslims, but for all religious freedom in America.
"It's a benefit to all Americans... Our society has become more diverse, and we think that this is a progressive step in terms of protecting religious freedoms in accordance with our constitution," said Carroll.
Since the case was filed, Abercrombie & Fitch has changed its policy to allow head scarves.