HR Management & Compliance

E-Alerts: Employee Uniforms: Big Clothing Retailers Hit with Wage and Hour Lawsuits Over Dress Requirements

In an earlier article, we reported on a lawsuit filed by employees of fashion retailer Polo Ralph Lauren charging that the employer violated wage and hour rules by requiring them to spend their own money on the company’s clothing to wear on the job. Now two other high-profile retailers—Gap Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch—have been hit with similar lawsuits. The new suits allege that the stores pressure nonexempt workers to wear—and pay for—the retailers’ brand of clothing as a condition of keeping their jobs. The employees claim this practice violates state regulations requiring employers to provide uniforms—including clothing of a distinct brand or design—to employees free of charge.

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