Word about the suggested holiday uniform surfaced when an employee emailed women's "geek culture" website The Mary Sue yesterday afternoon. The irritated employee claimed American Apparel was "actively encouraging our patrons to sexually harass me and my colleagues, some of whom are as young as 15" with the proposed (but not mandatory) garb in question. "There’s no question in my mind that anyone wearing the shirt will face inappropriate comments from customers," the anonymous employee told the site.
+ despite attempts to #rebrand the company, it looks like #americanapparel is back to its old ways. the retailer is now under #fire after an employee shared a photo of a #tshirt (pictured) that said '#askmetotakeitalloff'. the #tee is apparently the staff's suggested #blackfriday uniform. according to an email from the company shared by the mary sue, the shirts as well as buttons with the same phrase will be given to employees. the #uniform isn't #mandatory but the staff is #encouraged to participate. 'i understand that american apparel, the corporation, doesn’t see me as a real person & aims to commodify my #sexuality in order to sell their product', the employee told the site. 'i still work for them because in the past, i have always had #discretion about how i choose to present myself at work (so long as i wear #aa head to toe). now they are actively encouraging our patrons to sexually harass me & my colleagues, some of whom are as young as 15'. earlier this year, ceo paula schneider said that she wanted to keep american #apparel an #edgy brand, but wanted to make it less #sexualized.
“This slogan on these tee shirts — which were distributed to both male and female employees as optional — was originally intended to be a play on words to engage customers during our Black Friday sale," the company's spokesperson said in a statement. "We understand that this offended an individual employee who spoke up about his/her concerns."