The male flight attendants—err, "models"—who were assigned to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries' Gulfstream G550 were required to wear boxer briefs, flip flops and cologne at all times. Those are just some of the many bizarre requirements that have emerged during a lawsuit against Jeffries, reports Bloomberg.
Clean-shaven males had to wear a uniform of Abercrombie polo shirts, boxer briefs, flip-flops and a “spritz” of the retailer’s cologne, according to an "Aircraft Standards" manual, disclosed in an age-discrimination lawsuit brought by a former pilot. Among the 40-plus pages of detailed instructions: black gloves had to be used when handling silverware and white gloves to lay the table, the song "Take Me Home" had to be played when passengers entered the cabin on return flights and Jeffries’s dogs had different seating arrangements based on which ones were traveling.
Similar rules for staff, including "do not expose the toilet paper and do not fold the end square," also apply to Jeffries’s homes, Smith said in the deposition. The uniform worn by the flight crew is similar to that worn by doormen at flagship stores. ...The lawsuit containing the airplane manual was filed in 2010 in federal court in Philadelphia by corporate jet pilot Michael Stephen Bustin, who is now 55, and claims he was fired and replaced by a younger man
The 68-year-old Jeffries apparently is married with children but is separated from his wife. His live in partner, Matthew Smith, manages his investment portfolio, homes, planes and other assets, according to court documents. Jeffries' stake in A&F is valued at approx. $100 million.
All that money and still can't find a decent plastic surgeon ...
Jeffries' management style has been questioned before but has come under renewed focus following declining sales. After several years of increased revenues and profits, Abercrombie’s shares have "erased half their value" in the past year. The retail behemoth "is shuttering 180 U.S. locations through 2015."
This is the latest lawsuit to target the chain's hiring practices. A&F was forced to settle several class action lawsuits claiming discrimination and hiring bias against Blacks, Latinos, Asians and women. More recently, a model filed a $1m lawsuit against A&F and a photographer after he was "ordered to masturbate to make him more relaxed in photo shoot."