Nice scoop by Gawker. The website got its hands on documentation of American Apparel's “Full Body Head to Toe” Employment Policy — that requires prospective employees of the hipster-chic retailer to submit full body photos as a core part of the hiring process. Gawker quoted the source on their story as saying that once employed, members of the salesforce quickly learn that “looks determine your position and pay rate.” American Apparel has been billed as a company with progressive values because its clothes are manufactured in the United States and are “sweatshop free”. But this isn't the first time the company has come under fire for questionable ethics — CEO Dov Charney has been sued for sexual harassmentfive times to date. Update: Gawker gets hold of American Apparel's “style guide” and compiles employee frustrations, on the record.
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Marissa Colón-Margolies is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY.