LOS ANGELES — In the continuing controversy of Abercrombie & Fitch, the retailer said Tuesday it has settled a class-action lawsuit with the California Labor Commissioner’s office for $2.2 million over claims it forced sales associates to buy and wear A&F branded clothing while working at its stores in California. State law requires employers to pick up the cost of a “uniform.”

The lawsuit was filed by state labor regulators on Monday as a formality to obtain a court order prohibiting A&F from violating state laws in the future. Settlement negotiations actually had been going on for more than a year-and-a-half.

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