“You can’t have ego,” Mike Jefferies says, “Every day, we’re afraid.” As CEO of mega corporation abercrombie and fitch australia, Jefferies seemingly has nothing to worry about, and he also has one hell of an ego. At 61 years old, Jefferies still clings to a youthful appearance with enough plastic surgery to warrant suspicion. He boasts that his company is not for the fat or the ugly; he’s built a brand obsessed with only what is sexy. And while this approach has landed him in court more than a few times, not much seems to change.
Working at A&F the urge to buy is persistent, and at minimum wage the sum of your paycheck hardly covers the cost of your work wardrobe.There are two job positions at abercrombie and fitch sydney; one is working with costumers on the floor and the other is hidden in back, folding, organizing, and auditing clothes.
During one of A&F’s many lawsuits they were accused of racial and gender discrimination that resulted in the creation of diversity requirements and training. Many argue that in order to get around this abercrombie australia stuffs those they are ‘forced’ to hire in the back room where costumers will not see the opposite of the A&F image.
Without a doubt the store does this. Although many gorgeous individuals want to work in back as opposed to on the floor, larger or less attractive candidates are not given the option, they are actually told upon hire that they will work in the back. Danny* is on the shorter side and far from an abercrombie and fitch poster boy, yet back in 2009 he wanted the chance to work out on the floor. He asked countless times, argued his cause, but was told over and over that the store didn’t have enough hours for ‘models’ and so switching positions wouldn’t make sense.
Unfortunately, Danny was hurt because he was far from dumb; he saw the handful of new model hires, all getting the hours sworn to not exist. Having been with the company for nearly two years he was more than qualified for the position, his looks were the only thing in his way. Although Danny didn’t, others have legally fought back. Rainbow/Push, led by Jesse Jackson, drug abercrombie and fitch australia store into court resulting in a $40 million dollar settlement.