Kirstie Alley slams Abercrombie (+video): Moms, will you be shopping there?
Kirstie Alley slams Abercrombie & Fitch about their skinny 'look,' and refusal to sell clothes for consumers over size 10. But the company has weathered criticism before. Will Kirstie Alley's slam make a difference?
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Of course it is always much easier to be “tolerant” of your own reflection than that of others, so I’m not entirely sure how big a pat on the back Jeffries, who himself has a male live-in partner, gets for his championing of LGBT rights in his company’s stores.
Maybe the LGBT community isn't factoring in more general discrimination against those who don’t fit the company’s visual standard. I suspect that if they were more aware they might just rescind the honor.
For example, according to The Associated Press, in 2004, “Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) agreed to pay $40 million to black, Hispanic and Asian employees and job applicants to settle a class-action federal discrimination lawsuit that accused the clothing retailer of promoting whites at the expense of minorities.”
“The settlement required the company to adhere to a consent decree that calls for the implementation of new policies and programs to promote diversity and prevent discrimination in its workforce. It also must pay about $10 million to monitor compliance and cover attorneys' fees,” according to the AP.
Also, according to the BBC, Abercrombie & Fitch was taken to court in 2009 for banishing an employee with a prosthetic arm from a store in London. The employee, Riam Dean, was awarded £8,000 for unlawful harassment, though the tribunal ruled that she hadn't suffered disability discrimination.
More recently, the Employee Relations Law Journal, Spring 2013 issue cites the case where a court ruled the company violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by refusing to hire a Muslim applicant, Samantha Elauf, for a store model job because she wore a headscarf, which was deemed inconsistent with the chain's "Look" policy.
The court held that making an exception for Ms. Elauf to wear the scarf would not have caused Abercrombie undue hardship.
Lisa Suhay, who has four sons at home in Norfolk, Va., is a children’s book author and founder of the Norfolk (Va.) Initiative for Chess Excellence (NICE) , a nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth via mentoring and teaching the game of chess for critical thinking and life strategies.
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But checking the stock market this week there is little “hardship” on the company’s bottom line.
We, the over size 10 and female set, have the power to stop this behavior, and Forbes Magazine has our backs on this one.
From its March blog “The Real Reason Women Shop More Than Men”:
“The real reason is sobering. In virtually every society in the world, women have primary care-giving responsibilities for both children and the elderly (and often, just about everybody else in-between). In this primary caregiving role, women find themselves buying on behalf of everyone else in their lives,” Forbes writes. “The list is long: in addition to buying for themselves, women buy on behalf of husbands, partners, kids, colleagues, adult children, friends, relatives, elderly parents, in-laws, their businesses and even their kids’ friends, to name just a few. If somebody, somewhere needs a gift, chances are there’s a woman thinking about it; tracking it down; wrapping it; making sure it’s accompanied by a personal message and then arriving to the person on the appointed day.”
That’s one hefty footprint on the ledger, especially if we change the color from black to red.
So let me just take this opportunity to remind Jeffries of the classic Momism, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”