Abercrombie & Fitch has become infamous for their controversial company antics.


A former Abercrombie employee has released a personal story revealing the inner workings of the corporation. Though his expose is not particularly shocking, it does shed light on practices that were otherwise just predictions.


In his article, “I sold my body (and nearly my soul) to Abercrombie,” published for Salon.com, Oliver Lee Bateman discloses information about his time working for Abercrombie.


In the piece, which originally appeared on The Good Men Project, Bateman describes his hiring process, his quick rise to an assistant management position, and what he refers to as “the story of the year I discriminated against everybody.”


The overall moral of the story can basically be summed up as this: Looks are more important than anything else to the Abercrombie corporation.


Bateman was recruited at a career fair, where the recruiter found him to be both “quality” and “collegiate,” two words that Bateman says came up over and over again. Bateman was a strong, blond male in his twenties that fit Abercrombie’s ideal image of perfection. He was immediately hired as Assistant Manager, and spent his days doing relatively little work in the backroom; meanwhile, the minimum wage-earning  “Brand Representative” worked the floor.


Bateman reflects on team meetings with the other assistant managers and managers where they would “grade every single brand representative working in the store on an A-F scale based on his or her appearance.”


Mike Jeffries, Abercrombie CEO (www.thestreet.com)

Mike Jeffries, Abercrombie CEO (www.thestreet.com)

He continues to describe incidences where employees smugly told customers they did not have clothing in their sizes, sizing that CEO Mike Jeffries tells Elite Daily attract the “cool, good-looking people,” his brand markets to. “We don’t market to anyone other than that,” the CEO states. The company does not carry women’s size XL or XXL. Their largest pants are a size 10.



Furthermore, Abercrombie employees not only have to dress in the company’s clothing from head to toe, but they also have to wear the latest fashions, and some have been told they need to wear Abercrombie flip flops and even the brand’s underwear, like these private jet employees. Another employee had to remove her religious jewelry because it did not adhere to company dress codes.


Few are surprised by Bateman’s article, but he is one of the few to stand up against the company policies in such a manner. To read his full piece visit Salon.com


He has also written other articles about the company including The NFL Draft and the Objectification of Men for The Good Men Project


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