Legal And Legal Issues In The Case Of Abercrombie And Fich
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Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F) CEO Michael Jefferies made a statement in 2006 that the company is exclusionary, goes after the cool kids and a lot of people do not belong in their clothes (Carroll & Buchholtz, 2015). Years later, his words resurfaced and sparked much debate pertaining to the ethical and legal stance of A&F. To address this issue, I will answer the following questions.
1. What are the legal and ethical issues in this case? One perceived ethical issue in this case is the practice by A&F to produce clothing designed only for certain people who fit A&Fs mold (cool kids). Other legal issues include discriminatory hiring practices and the lack of handicap accessible entrances. A&F had a lawsuit filed against it claiming discrimination against people of color, including Latinos, Asian Americans and African Americans. In 2009, an Oklahoma teen sued A&F after being told her hijab was not consistent with the A&F look, and more recently a corporate fighter pilot claimed he was fired and replaced by a younger man (Carroll & Buchholtz, 2015). One could argue that the legal issues in this case are also ethical issues.
2. What is your evaluation of the concept of the "A&F look?" Have you personally observed this concept in practice?
I personally do not have an issue with A&F selling clothes that caters to a particular look, and I do not consider it an ethical issue. I believe a company has the right to create and sell what it wants, and if people do not like the brand,