Urban Outfitters has sunk to a new low, this time asking employees to work for free during the busy holiday season. The company boasted it received a tremendous response to its ‘team building activity’ and planned to reward employees with free food and rides to work, but don’t expect to get paid. The last time I looked Urban Outfitters was still very profitable making 80 million dollars last year. Read more from CNBC:
With the peak shopping season approaching, Urban Outfitters is asking its employees to pitch in a bit more on the weekends. But there’s a catch: they won’t get paid for it.
In an email obtained by Gawker this week, the Philadelphia-based retailer told salaried employees that it was looking for weekend volunteers to help “pick, pack and prepare packages” for wholesale and direct customers.
Urban Outfitters, which operates its namesake brand along with Anthropologie and Free People said it would be a great “team building activity.” Employees can sign up throughout the five weekends during the busy month of October. The company will offer transportation and lunch to those willing to show a little team spirit.
Urban Outfitters told CNBC it “received a tremendous response” from employees.
“Many hourly employees also offered to pitch in — an offer which we appreciated, but declined in order to ensure full compliance with all applicable labor laws and regulations,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.