Abercrombie & Fitch’s notorious “look policy” is getting attention again.
The New York Post reports that Maha Shalaby, a transgender former employee who worked at the New York City flagship store, is suing the brand for $35 million, claiming that the company forced him to wear women’s apparel and fired him in 2012 when he refused to do so.
The Post notes that the lawsuit claims that he could “only wear a girls’ uniform because that’s what customers want to see.”
This isn’t the first time the company’s so-called look policy, a strict dress code that prohibited tattoos and facial hair, has landed it in hot water.
And a class-action suit against the company claimed that as many as 62,000 employees were forced to buy the brand’s clothing with their own money.
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The company has also been making efforts to let customers know that it is socially progressive. Arthur Martinez, the company’s chairman, told Business Insider in November that bullying was “a cancer among young people” and that the company had launched an antibullying campaign.
An Abercrombie & Fitch representative told Business Insider the brand does not comment on pending litigation.