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American Apparel's New Ethics Code Prohibits Internal Dating

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As American Apparel steps into its post-Dov Charney era, the brand's updated its ethics code. The new code is four times longer than it was originally, WWD reports. In 6,200 words, it makes clear that managers can't have romantic relationships with their subordinates, and that includes casual dating. It also includes a "Fair Treatment of Employees" section, which spells out that discriminatory slurs based on race, gender or sexual orientation aren't tolerated at American Apparel.

According to WWD, Charney's termination last month was due to allegations that he made discriminatory comments, violated sexual harassment policies, and also used company funds for travel costs for family members. Charney's lawyer says the allegations are "baseless." WWD's sources say that Charney still wants back in and is working with private-equity firm Irving Place Capital, which offered to buy American Apparel. But the company, now helmed by CEO Paula Schneider, stated it received the buyout proposal and is focused on "reviving its business."
· American Apparel Bolsters Harassment Rules After Firing Charney [WWD]
· Down To Last $100K, Dov Charney Wants American Apparel Back [Racked]
· Dov Charney Officially Fired From American Apparel [Racked]