Beware the “Look” Policy at Abercrombie & Fitch
Holly Combe // 14 June 2009
Jezebel reports that Riam Dean, an employee of the London flagship Abercrombie and Fitch store, was banished to work in the storeroom for not fitting with their “look” policy. Riam has a prosthetic arm and was asked to buy a cardigan during her induction but when she wore it in the store, she was told by a member of the store’s patrolling Visual Team that she would have to work in the stockroom. When she later telephoned the company’s head office, they asked her if she could work her time in the stockroom until the winter uniform arrived. She is now suing the store for discrimination.
As Hortense at Jezebel indicates, this is not the first time that Abercrombie and Fitch have behaved badly towards their staff or displayed questionable ethics in terms of their recruitment practices.
Hearteningly enough, the majority of the comments in the Daily Mail report of this story are supportive towards Riam and those that aren’t are generally rated poorly.