Condemn Clothing Retailer for Abusing Employees

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Target: Forever 21 Chief Executive Do Won Chang

Goal: Retract threats to reduce all non-management employees to part-time, and therefore denying them pay and benefits.

Fashion retailer Forever 21 has a history of abusing its employees, from a huge settlement in 2001 where the company was required to cease ties with the sweatshops that were producing its clothes and to pay back wages after withholding pay. The pattern continued from 2004 until 2012, when the corporation was found to have been mistreating and denying pay to employees in another class action lawsuit, and all this while the company markets itself as a “Christian retailer.”

Recently all non-management employees received a letter informing them that they will be cut to part-time, resulting in hours reduced to a maximum 29.5 per week as well as lost benefits, apparently in an effort to stir up aggression against Obamacare, for which workers would have been able to sign up in two months, and which would have saved them money and provided better coverage. Despite the fact that Forever 21 CEO Do Won (Don) Chang and his wife, the company’s chief merchandising officer, more than quadrupled their net worth from 2009 to 2013, the letter cites budgetary concerns as the reason for the “realignment.”

By signing this petition, you will show Chang and Forever 21 that this kind of manipulation of employees, refusing to grant them the wages and benefits they have earned in order to build opposition to the Affordable Care Act, is intolerable. Building corporate profits at the expense of the average worker is a decidedly un-Christian action, and Chang should apologize for this injustice and rescind the threat to reduce employee hours and benefits.


Dear Don Chang,

Your company’s recent actions against its employees are unconscionable, especially if you consider yourself a Christian. Forever 21 has been building profits steadily despite the recession, yet now you are threatening to reduce all non-management employees to part-time, cutting hours and benefits, including healthcare. Your company has a history of treating employees unfairly and refusing to pay wages. I am calling on you to turn over a new leaf in this regard.

I urge you to restore all employees to their full-time positions, with full benefits, and to apologize for the letter sent out by Associate Director of Human Resources Carla Macias, which threatens the livelihood of your employees and their families. Your private reservations about the Affordable Care Act should not prevent your employees from receiving the affordable healthcare coverage they deserve.


[Your Name Here]

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