There were plenty of comments similar to mine (at RetailWire) on the subject of Urban Outfitters. The company has asked salaried employees — many of whom are making around $35k per year — to work extra hours for free in its e-commerce distribution center. This is supposed to be a “team building” exercise, but I disagree:
This is not appropriate, especially for the lowest-paid salaried workers who are earning about $17/hour — assuming they are working 40-hour weeks without being asked to put in extra hours already. In light of proposed regulations to pay salaried workers under $50k/year for overtime hours, this is tone-deaf on Urban’s part. Just because “this is how it’s done in retail” doesn’t make it right, and retailers wonder why Millennials want to find other careers.