Employer Handbooks

Documenting Employee Policies

Does your company have an employee handbook? Having clearly written employee policies and procedures can be extremely beneficial to the operation of your business and help prevent future legal trouble. Handbooks can cover a wide range of topics such as:

  • Employment hours
  • Attendance requirements
  • Benefits
  • Wages
  • Overtime
  • Vacation
  • Family and medical leaves
  • Performance reviews
  • Workplace injury procedures
  • Termination
  • Final paychecks

Your handbook should also contain your policies regarding discrimination, alcohol and drug use harassment, sexual harassment and other unwanted behavior. When employees know what is expected of them, it can result in a more productive and stable work environment. A New Mexico employment law attorney at Moody & Stanford can assist you in the preparation of your employee manual, as well as review and update your existing handbook. Our firm has represented businesses in employment issues for over five decades, and can keep you current with new employment legislation.

Enlist The Help Of An Employment Lawyer

Employee handbooks can be a vital tool for managers and help reduce the amount of time spent supervising staff. Our firm can research and draft a document that communicates your expectations, orients a new employee to his or her job, increases the professionalism of your staff, and ensures that your policies and procedures are applied with greater consistency. We can manage all aspects of the handbook’s preparation, and keep it updated it with new policies and information on applicable changes in the law. We have been assisting clients with their employment law needs for over 50 years, and can provide you with valuable advice regarding employee handbooks and other employment matters.

Abercrombie & Fitch Hiring Practices

New Mexico Employment Lawyer Handling Discrimination Claims

Abercrombie & Fitch is a multibillion-dollar apparel retailer that targets teenage and college-age shoppers. Youth are a major focus of this company. In fact, the retailer’s CEO has even made statements that have indicated Abercrombie & Fitch’s focus on youth throughout every facet of the business operation. While it is perfectly fine for a company to know what type of audience it is targeting, it is not OK when that company starts discriminating against job applicants or employees simply because they do not have a certain image, whether that is a “youthful” image or some other type of image.

Abercrombie & Fitch has actually been sued on multiple occasions for alleged employment discrimination, including age discrimination, race discrimination and even religious discrimination. Our New Mexico employment law attorneys at Moody & Stanford are investigating the retail chain’s hiring practices — both at the store level and at the corporate level — in order to uncover any policies or actions that involve age discrimination. If you are age 40 or older and have been either unfairly denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch or unfairly terminated from the company, we want to hear your story! If you have any type of information regarding Abercrombie & Fitch’s hiring practices, we encourage you to speak with our employment law firm.

Abercrombie & Fitch’s History Of Discrimination Lawsuits

In one of Abercrombie & Fitch’s class-action lawsuits, the retailer was sued by thousands of plaintiffs in 2003 for allegedly discriminating against Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans in its hiring and employment practices. As a result of the lawsuit, the company reached a settlement in 2004 in which it agreed to hire a vice president for diversity and diversity recruiters, as reported by The New York Times. The company also agreed to pay $40 million to the plaintiffs.

There are also many other lawsuits that have occurred in recent years. In one case, a 55-year-old former pilot of the clothing company’s corporate jet sued Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming that he was terminated because of his age, according to ABC News. Another lawsuit sought damages for two Muslim women who said they were discriminated against because they were not willing to take off their hijabs, or head scarves, during work. That lawsuit was settled in 2013, with the company paying the women monetary damages and agreeing to change its policies regarding hijabs and religious accommodations, according to The Guardian.

Don’t Accept Discrimination. Take Action!

No one should have to be denied a job or treated unfairly at work simply because of his or her age, gender, religion, race, etc. If you are the victim of employment discrimination committed by Abercrombie & Fitch or any other employer, you need to take action to put a stop to this unjustifiable behavior and to seek compensation for the hardship you suffered. Contact us so we can help you fight for justice!