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Victoria’s Secret faces more PR trouble as another petition appears on - this time demanding fairer working hours


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

June 24, 2013 | 2 min read

Just last month a petition appeared on asking Victoria’s Secret, the largest American lingerie chain, to develop a range of mastectomy bras for cancer survivors. Despite receiving over 120,000 signatures, Victoria’s Secret refused and was heavily criticised in the media.

Now the Victoria’s Secret PR department is facing the possibility of another crisis, as its workers circulate a petition on the same platform demanding fairer working hours.

“Our hours fluctuate wildly, so we never know how much our paychecks will be, and since we don’t have guaranteed minimum hours, our hours are slashed without notice – leaving us unable to pay our rent, succeed at school, get promotions, or take care of our families,” reads the petition.

The petition has been addressed to Monica Mitro, EVP public relations, Ed Razek, chief marketing officer, and Lori Greeley and Sharon Jester Turney, CEOs, and has attracted over 150 signatures since its creation two days ago.

Debbra and Phillesia, who work in the New York city flagship store, claim that the company has responded to complaints by cutting hours, intimidating and harassing workers and increasing surveillance.

This past year alone Victoria’s Secret has been forced to pull the ‘Bright Young Things’ campaign, from its website and apologise for using a Native American headdress in its 2012 fashion show as a direct result of petitions.

Victoria’s Secret, which has over 1,000 stores across the US, has not yet responded to The Drum’s request for comment.

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