Sunday, April 26, 2015

Abercrombie Changes Dress Code As Supreme Court Decision Nears

As it awaits a Supreme Court decision in a case challenging its failure to provide a religious accommodation to its dress code for employees (see prior posting), Abercrombie & Fitch announced Friday that it will no longer hire employees based on body type or physical attractiveness.  According to the Washington Post,  the change comes as the company faces declining sales and less than six months after the long-time and controversial CEO Mike Jeffries stepped down.  The company's new dress code softens its "Look Policy," but employees among other things are still barred from wearing head coverings.  However the company says it will accommodate disabilities and "sincerely-held religious beliefs."