Several things come to mind when discussing the American Apparel brand. Since the company's humble beginning in 1991, the brand has been known for its plain fashions which sometimes defy practicality or tradition. As the company grew, it faced controversy over its racy advertising campaigns while drawing compliments for keeping the manufacturing of its products in the U.S. and paying workers high wages.
State and federal laws exist to protect employees from workplace discrimination. Forms of workplace discrimination can include being discriminated against or harassed based on one's race, age, sex, sexual orientation and religion. While cases of religious discrimination related to an employee's clothing or beliefs are more common, those that relate to an employee's refusal to practice or engage in certain religious activities and behaviors while at work are far less common.
When residents in the Los Angeles area hear the word racism, images from the civil rights movement of the 1960s often spring to mind. Modern forms of racism, however, are often much more subtle and frequently arise more from helping certain individuals over others. Regardless of how acts of racism are expressed or carried out, all serve to ultimately harm individuals of a certain and often minority race or culture.
Caffeine-craving Los Angeles area residents have likely ventured into a Starbucks at some point or another. The west coast-based company has grown into a multi-billion dollar global giant estimated to employ more than 150,000 employees worldwide. While corporate communications materials refer to employees as "partners" who are encouraged to "inspire positive change in the world "; at least one 27-year-old female employee had a very different experience while employed with the company.