Abercrombie & Fitch
• Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F) clothing is a staple in many high schoolers’ closets. Yet for clothing worn primarily by young people, much of it is considered inappropriate.
• A&F was the subject of a boycott for selling t-shirts with sexist slogans and came under fire for selling thong underwear aimed at preteens with messages such as “wink wink” or “eye candy,” and for having a sexually provocative catalogue.
• The company has been sued for discriminating against employees who didn’t fit the Abercrombie “look.”
• Abercrombie was part of a $22 million settlement with companies that contracted with sweatshops in the US territory of Saipan.
• Refuse to support companies who send out discriminatory messages and exploit workers. Visit Go Green for tips on how to get stylish clothing that doesn’t harm people or the planet.
-- Profile Updated 04/25/2011
About Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch sells men's, women's, and children's casual clothes in 850 US stores, catalogs, and online. A&F targets teens and college students through its provocative advertising campaigns. A&F reported $3.318 billion in sales and 86,400 employees in fiscal 2007.
Tell Abercrombie and Target to Take Responsibility for Workers Burned Alive
In December 2010, 28 workers making clothes for Abercrombie & Fitch and Target were killed in a massive fire at a sweatshop in Bangladesh. Some were burned to death, some suffocated to death, some jumped to their death, and hundreds more were seriously injured.
Seven corporations sourced from the factory where the fire took place. Five of the seven companies have responded by taking steps to do the right thing, and labor rights groups are working overtime to hold them to their promises. But Target and Abercrombie & Fitch see things quite differently. To date, their only response has to been to claim they are "reviewing options for financial contributions" and suggest a "training program" for workers "to reduce the risk of recurrence."
Tell Gymboree and A&F to STOP Forced Child Labor in Cotton!
The government of Uzbekistan is continuing to remove millions of children across the country from school and forcing them to pick cotton during the current harvest season. While over 65 of the world’s largest apparel brands and retailers have developed policies related to Uzbek cotton, two companies have remained silent. Gymboree and Abercrombie and Fitch have refused to support human rights and speak out against forced child labor in the cotton industry. Take action NOW to tell Gymboree and Abercrombie and Fitch to respect international labor rights in their cotton sourcing.
Abercrombie & Fitch Girlcott
A girlcott has been launched by the Allegheny County Girls as Grantmakers group, a group of 23 girls representing different schools, neighborhoods, ethnic groups, religions, races, sexual orientation, athletic and academic interests. The group's national girlcott effort is aimed at encouraging A&F to stop selling shirts with slogans such as "With These Who Needs Brains..." and "I hope you can make more then I can spend..." and to begin selling more empowering wear instead. The group is calling on conscious consumers to girlcott A&F until a change is made.
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Abercrombie & Fitch has been officially inducted in the International Labor Rights Forum's 2010 Sweatshop Hall of Fame. This list includes apparel and textile companies that use sweatshops in their global production, tend to evade fair labor standards and are slow to respond to improving working conditions. Most of the companies employ laborers who work in dangerous conditions and for long hours for poverty wages. Many of 2010's inductees also use child labor and suppress worker's rights to organize. Other inductees include L.L. Bean, Gymboree, Hanes, Ikea, Kohl's, Pier 1 Imports and Walmart.
-- International Labor Rights Forum, 11/17/2009
In 2002, Abercrombie was one of 26 companies that paid $22 million to settle a lawsuit filed in U.S. courts by factory workers from Saipan who claimed that they made clothes in sweatshops.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 01/08/2004
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/legal/04-01-08.htm
Ethics and Governance
In 2009, the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, Michael S. Jeffries, received $36,335,644 in total compensation. The median worker, however, made $33,190 in 2010. Thus, Jeffries made 1094 times the median worker's pay.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/25/2011
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a suit against Abercrombie and Fitch on behalf of Samantha Elauf, a 19-year-old Muslim student from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Elauf claims that Abercrombie refused to hire her because she wears a hijab, allegedly prohibited by the company’s “Look Policy” that permits employees to wear clothing only consistent with the Abercrombie brand; furthermore, employees are prohibited from wearing hats or other coverings in addition to black clothing in general. Elauf is suing for back pay and compensation for her emotional pain and anxiety
-- Time Magazine, 09/23/2009
In 2005, CEO Michael S. Jeffries earned $5.054 million in total compensation including stock option grants from Abercrombie & Fitch Co. From previous years, Jeffries cashed out $108.46 million in stock option exercises and has an additional $204.19 million in unexercised stock options.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006
In February 2005, a shareholder of Abercrombie & Fitch filed a derivative lawsuit against the company and certain present and former directors. The lawsuit concerned the compensation arrangements involving Michael Jeffries, the company's chairman and chief executive and claimed his compensation package was a failure to protect company assets. The case was settled before going to trial, with Abercrombie & Fitch adopting more responsible compensation for Jeffries. Namely, his Stay Bonus was reduced from $12 million to $6 million and based on certain performance goals.
-- Findlaw.com, 10/26/2005
In November 2004, Abercrombie agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action discrimination lawsuit brought by nine former employees who claimed they were fired, or hidden--asked to work in storage rooms or put on overnight shifts--because they didn't fit into the "Abercrombie look" enough to work with the public. The settlement applies to all women and all African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos who either applied for a job at an Abercrombie store (or attempted to do so and were discouraged), or were employed there between February 24, 1999 and November 16, 2004.
-- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 01/24/2005
Source URL: www.eeoc.gov/press/11-18-04.html
In September 2004, a civil lawsuit alleging photos were taken of girls in dressing rooms at an Abercrombie & Fitch store was settled for an undisclosed sum. According to the lawsuit a friend of an Abercrombie & Fitch employee was able to cut a hole in the ceiling and take the pictures. The lawsuit claims a woman learned that photos were taken of her when an acquaintance told her that employees were bragging about it and passing around pictures. Abercrombie & Fitch has denied responsibility for the alleged actions.
-- Associated Press, 09/16/2004
Source URL: none available
Abercrombie & Fitch received heavy criticism for selling thong underwear for children bearing slogans such as "eye candy" and "wink, wink." The company has also come under fire for its sexually provacative catalogs aimed at teens.
-- CNN Money, 05/22/2002
Abercrombie & Fitch recalled a line of T-shirts after receiving hundreds of complaints about the shirts’ graphic designs, which portrayed Asians through caricatured faces with slanted eyes and conical hats. One of the shirts had a slogan that says, “Wong Brothers Laundry Service -- Two Wongs Can Make It White” in prominent lettering beside two smiling figures in conical hats. Another portrays a man pulling a rickshaw. It reads, “Rick Shaw's Hoagies and Grinders -- Order by the foot. Good meat. Quick feet.” Company spokesman Hampton Carney, from Abercrombie's New York public relations firm, said, “Since some customers have been offended by their content, we are pulling these shirts from our stores. . . . They'll be off the Web site as well.”
-- San Francisco Gate, 04/19/2002
Abercrombie and Fitch has been charged with racial discrimination, as the brand allegedly only hires “Caucasian, football-looking, blonde-hair, blue-eyed males; skinny, tall” employees. The company portrays an “All-American” image yet many argue that “All-American” does not mean “all-white.” Employees have also admitted that Abercrombie sometimes hires minorities but that they are not offered to work in sales; instead, they work in the stock room where nobody sees them. In November 2004, Abercrombie and Fitch settled the suit action suit against it for $40 million. The company has also agreed to create an office of diversity to increase its efforts in hiring minorities.
-- CBS News, 12/05/2003