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Abercrombie & Fitch docked $115,000 for disability bias

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New Albany-based retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has been fined $115,000 for discriminating against an autistic customer at a Minneapolis store.

Fourteen-year-old Molly Maxson, accompanied by her mother and sister, wanted to try on clothes at the store. Store employees stopped Molly’s sister from entering a dressing room to help her. Molly’s mother and sister explained that Molly needed assistance trying on clothes because of her disability, but Abercrombie & Fitch store managers still refused to allow them in the dressing room.

The family filed disability discrimination charges against the store. In June the Ohio Department of Human Rights ruled in the Maxson family’s favor and announced the fine in September.

Abercrombie & Fitch has vowed to appeal.

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