France Goes After Abercrombie & Fitch For Only Hiring Pretty Associates

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is in trouble again, this time for its hiring policies in France. The apparel chain only has two stores there, but the country's official human rights watchdog agency, Le Defenseur des Droits, said last week it is investigating the retailer for discriminating in hiring store staff based on appearance. The problem isn't the shirtless hosts at the entrance of its stores—those are models, so good looks may be required. But Defenseur de Droits suspects those models are also working as sales associates, where discrimination is illegal. Considering past comments by Abercrombie CEO Michael Jeffries ("That's why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people"), that suspicion is hardly a stretch. Story