You know…I never really liked Abercrombie & Fitch. I would see all of the preppy kids wearing it back in High School…some in college. It just always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I knew it just wasn’t for me…much like bike riding, or nipple piercings, Abercrombie & Fitch just wasn’t something I could get jiggy with. And yesterday, after hearing some not so shocking news from a current employee, I think it’s safe to say that my gut instinct was pretty accurate.
In an a story that she shared with XOJane.com, a young woman wrote anonymously that she’s made the decision to cut back her shifts at A&F because of the “toxic and superficial work environment.” The young lady claims that she began working for Abercrombie after being scouted by one of their male models. She says that after working there for a while, she began to notice a lot of racism and sexism in the workplace.
One particular incident stands out for her. She claims that when former CEO Mike Jeffries would make visits, that the manager would send home all of the Black employees. The woman says that only the “thinnest, tallest and whitest models” were allowed to stay.
“On one particularly horrifying instance, most of the black models were sent home an hour early before their shifts ended and before Jeffries was scheduled to visit.”
This isn’t the first time A&F has been accused of being bigots.
In 2004, the company settled a $40m class-action discrimination suit after accusations that its shop floors were filled with almost exclusively white staff.
Then there’s this Beautiful Magazine
Jeffries, who looks like he watches Paula Dean re-runs daily and hangs out at the Ferguson Police Department on the weekends, was once quoted as saying this:
“Good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people… a lot of people don’t belong (in our clothes), and they can’t belong.”
Ugh. Well Mike, honestly, I don’t think we want to belong to your club anyway. I think we’re good over here in the real world. Thanks anyway. This tweet describes how I feel perfectly.
…the audacity of nope! pic.twitter.com/i9Dehc3sFI
— Limp Brisket (@KiyoDandre) April 14, 2015