Abercrombie & Fitch, The Upscale Clothing Retailer Essay

1725 WordsDec 2, 20167 Pages
Abercrombie & Fitch, the upscale clothing retailer known for its attractive sales assistant’s and models used for stores and advertisements has a long history of racism and sexism. Starting back in 2002, the company sold shirts that were racially insensitive to Asians, marketed thongs with sexual phrases on them to pre-teens, and made men shirts that read “Female students needed for sexual research.” These products were soon removed after they caused controversy among parents and young women. The company then faced charges that its branding and hiring practices are discriminatory. Their stores allow white people to work in the front while Asians, and African Americans work in the back. The company has been sued numerous times for for religious discrimination and discrimination against handicapped customers. Abercrombie & Fitch also doesnt stock womens pants above size 10, limiting their market to only slim and petite women. The legal issue in this case is that Abercrombie & Fitch refused to hire potential employees based on appearances. The ethical issues in this case are that Abercrombie & Fitch has a specific “look” that it wants its customers and employees to have and if they don 't have that “look” then they are “excluded”. While it is legal for companies to have a dress code, they cannot discriminate against others based upon looks. Abercrombie & Fitch “look policy” went as far as dictating fingernail length, and hair color. Attorneys Bill Lee and Tom Saenz coordinated
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