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Upscale fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is known for its provocative advertising. In a world where any publicity is good publicity, the company is certainly in the spotlight.

Last year, for example, Abercrombie received national media coverage for selling T-shirts depicting Asian stereotypes, including slant-eyes and buckteeth, and thongs for 10-year-olds with the words "eye candy" printed on front.

Currently, the retailer is facing charges of race discrimination for allegedly promoting an all-white "A&F look" in its salesforce and forcing minority applicants into non-sales jobs.

However, Abercrombie recently resolved one controversy. After a three-year investigation by California's Labor Commissioner, the retailer agreed to pay $2.2 million to reimburse employees for buying the company's logo-wear. The state agency claimed Abercrombie expected employees to wear the company's upscale outfits while on the job, but failed to pay for the mandatory clothing as required by state law.

Approximately 11,000 current and former Abercrombie employees are expected to receive between $200 and $490 under the terms of the settlement.

According to the Labor Commissioner, California law permits companies to require employees to wear almost any type of clothing or uniform, but it also requires companies – not employees – to foot the bill.
 
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