Legal Troubles Hit Abercrombie & Fitch as Plaintiffs Lawyers with Aiman-Smith & Marcy Back Employees

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A California federal judge certifies a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 62,000 Abercrombie & Fitch employees in a suit claiming they were illegally forced to purchase the retailer's clothing to wear on-the-job or lose out on shifts.

U.S. District federal Judge, Jesus G. Bernal, ruled plaintiffs successfully satisfied all the requirements for class certification for Brown et al. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. et al., case number 2:14-cv-01242, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of approximately 62,000 Abercrombie & Fitch employees who claim they were alleging forced to purchase Abercrombie & Fitch clothing to wear during their shifts or be sent home.

The employment case is catapulting the retail giant back into news headlines over its "look policy' guidelines. Reed Marcy, Class Action Attorney for Aiman-Smith & Marcy, the firm representing the plaintiffs shared what is at the heart of the case stating, "The court case outlines that employees were allegedly treated wrongfully in a few different ways. The first is a claim of alleged compelled purchases, meaning the company may have forced workers to buy new Abercrombie clothing each time a new sales guide came out.” According to court documents, the suit also alleges that the giant retailer failed to reimburse employees who worked for the retailer from September 16, 2009, to present for clothing and footwear purchases, despite requiring them to wear a specific uniform.

According to court documents, plaintiffs’ assert that despite the company's formal, written policy of not requiring employees to purchase or wear Abercrombie clothes, managers coerced store employees to purchase Abercrombie clothing, to profit from the sale of clothing items while benefitting from its employees acting as in-store models. Plaintiffs presented evidence that executives on the West Coast tracked purchases by employees and instructed management to “push” purchases with employees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Randall B. Aiman-Smith, Reed W.L. Marcy, Hallie Von Rock and Carey A. James of Aiman-Smith & Marcy.

Aiman-Smith & Marcy is a California consumer fraud law firm based in Oakland, California. The firm specializes in individual litigation, class action lawsuits over employment law issues and consumer and small business protection. Contact the Aiman-Smith & Marcy legal team at

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