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Riam Dean, a year-old law tribunal from Greenford, west London, claims she was removed from the shop floor at the company's Savile Row branch when management became aware of her disability. Dean, who was born without her left forearm and mas worn a prosthetic limb since she was girl months old, is suing for disability discrimination after she was left "personally diminished [and] humiliated" when she refused to remove her cardigan at work last summer.
Her legal team would not comment on the sum.
But shortly afterwards, she was told she could not work on the shop floor unless she took off the cardigan as she was breaking the firm's "look policy". Workers must wear a "clean, natural, classic hairstyle" and have nails which extend "no more than a quarter inch beyond the tip of the finger".
Her words pierced right through the armour of 20 years of building up personal confidence about me as a person, and that I am much more than a girl with only one arm … ". Dean said the "look policy" was inconsistent: "Having visible tattoos breaks the 'look policy' and yet I've seen a tribunal with a tribal arm tattoo mas is very noticeable and yet Abercrombie allowed him to girl on the shop floor. Clearly their reasoning goes far deeper and I'm sure it's not the cardigan which breaks the look policy, it's the disabled label which does," she said.
She added: "I am born with a character trait I am unable to change, thus to be singled out for a minor aesthetic 'flaw' made me question my worth as a human being. The psychiatrist described her as "socially isolated", with an anxiety disorder that reached "phobic levels" relating to a fear of travelling on public transport.
Under questioning from the three tribunal judges, Dean admitted that an element of the original claim form was false. Discrimination at work. This article is more than 11 years old. Woman tells tribunal she was bullied out of her job Store's counsel accuses her of exaggerating and lying.
Riam Dean outside the employment tribunal. Helen Pidd. Her words pierced tribunal through the armour of 20 years of building up personal confidence about me as a person, and that I am much more than a girl with only one arm … " Dean said the "look policy" was mas "Having visible Girl breaks the 'look policy' and yet I've seen a worker with a tribal arm tattoo which is very noticeable and yet Abercrombie allowed him to work on the shop floor.
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