The Swedish branch of Scandinavian lingerie chain Change is courting controversy after allegedly requiring that its staff wear name tags revealing their bust circumference and cup size.
Earlier this year, an anonymous employee told union paper Handelsnytt: ”We have dirty old men coming into the shop looking at my cup size. Why should everyone get to know that? Guys selling underwear don’t have to show their size,”
The aim of the tags is reportedly to display the shops broad range of sizes.
However, another former employee told Sveriges Radio: “When you start you get receive a document which states that ‘name tag with size is always worn’, so to me that doesn’t reflect that it was voluntary. It isn’t great when you’re out on town and people greet you with your name and cup size. It feels sort of private.”
Change chief executive Susann Haglund has claimed that the tags are worn willingly and were, in fact, suggested by the staff themselves.
”It doesn’t say anywhere that you have to wear them and it was a very old document that she [the former employee] cited. There’s nothing like that any more,” Haglund told the Metro newspaper.
The Commercial Employees’ Union is reportedly now planning to sue the company, after negotiations to have them removed broke down.