Workers Sue Over Clothing Policies

Feb 06, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Two separate lawsuits filed in San Francisco Superior Court allege that workers at Abercrombrie & Fitch and the Gap were pressured by the retailers to buy clothes sold in company stores for use as on-the-job uniforms.

Stacy Maclean, a spokeswoman for Gap, told The Los Angeles Times, “When a customer comes in a store, everything should feel Gap, including the employees. As a fashion company, employees’ professional attitude and mode of dress is an important part of customer service.”

Gap policy, however, does not require employees to buy clothes from the chain. The retailer does not consider store workers clothing to be a uniform.

Moderator’s Comment: Should apparel store employees’
work clothes be considered a uniform?

Gap spokeswoman, Stacy Maclean’s remarks give new meaning
to the word disingenuous. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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