assistants at Polo Ralph Lauren store in the US are suing their employer, after
they were forced to buy the brand’s expensive clothes to wear as uniforms.
said they were made to spend up to half of their annual salaries on the latest
Polo clothing in order to keep their jobs.
lawyer representing the shop workers, Patrick Kitchin, said staff were
has created an unfair advantage against other employers by wardrobing," he
shop assistant Toni Young started the action after spending between $8,000
(£5,145) and $10,000 a year on Polo fashion since she joined the company in
who worked in Polo’s San Francisco shop, earned a salary of about $22,000.
wants the company to reimburse her for the money she spent on Polo fashion, and
wants the firm to abolish its uniform policy.
Ralph Lauren declined to comment on the matter.