Abercrombie & Fitch is softening its dress-and-look code, which for years stipulated a certain look, and stipulated that only good-looking people be hired as sales clerks (or as the chain called them, “models”). The move comes on the heels of major changes in leadership. And ethically? Many companies of course have dress codes, but highly restrictive ones almost inevitably end up discriminating, and (as in A&F’s case) have resulted in lawsuits. As for the company’s “looks” policy, the question is essentially whether being “hot” is a bona fide job requirement for being a sales clerk. >>>
Starting Friday, you won’t have to be good– looking to work for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. You’ll also be able to wear eye-liner, though not necessarily a nose ring.
The changes are the latest for the once high-flying retailer, which pioneered the sexy preppy look and made male models with ridiculously ripped abs a billboard standard…..