NEW YORK — Employees working in Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.’s stores filed a lawsuit Wednesday complaining about the content and cost of the firm’s uniform policy.
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According to a published report out of San Francisco, the complaint, which seeks class-action status, was filed by Toni Young on behalf of other unnamed plaintiffs and claims Lauren’s Polo stores require sales staff to purchase the designer’s apparel and accessories from the stores as a condition of their employment.
According to the report, Polo’s uniform policy is meant to give it a competitive edge over other designers and retailers while communicating its current fashion message to the public, the suit stated.
Legal officials at Polo said late Thursday they were aware of the suit, but through a spokeswoman noted, “We don’t comment on pending litigation.” Information on Polo’s uniform policy was unavailable at press time.
According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Polo as of June 29 operated 237 doors, including 39 Polo Ralph Lauren stores. As of the end of the fiscal year March 30, Polo had about 10,100 employees, approximately 7,500 of them based in the U.S.