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American Apparel has kind of been fielding a shitstorm of press lately over its hiring practices, its banning of lip gloss, and the company's poor financial situation—not to mention its employees' truly appalling spelling practices.
Now, the Los Angeles-based "vertically integrated industrial company" (their words, not ours) has decided to publicly respond to aforementioned shitstorm by posting its CEO's phone number and email address online.
Oh, and there's also a statement about the good-looking employee thing, too:
American Apparel does not hire or retain applicants based on 'beauty.' Our main priority is finding people with a strong sense of style who can inspire customers as they make selections from our extensive line. This is an integral part of the job, and we look for people who will enjoy it as a creative outlet. It has never been the policy of American Apparel, as some blogs claim, to fire employees who are not "good looking" or any of the other accusations implied by the anonymous or unverified third party sources.
By the way, Dov Charney's phone number is (per above) (213) 923-7943 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
"American Apparel has built itself on being open and honest," says the statement, "so we're happy to answer questions and personally address the concerns of anyone interested in having a dialog."
If you call him, let us know how it goes.
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