The Swedish branch of a Scandinavian lingerie chain is under fire after making employees wear name tags displaying both their bust circumferences and cup sizes.
”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,” one anonymous employee told union paper Handelsnytt earlier this year.
Another former employee told Sveriges Radio (SR) that she was first told about the tags on her first day working for lingerie chain Change. The aim, she was told, was to display the shop’s broad range of sizes.
”I thought it seemed really weird, but I wanted the job as well,” she told SR.
The tags were first introduced three years ago. They display both the wearer’s bust circumference and cup size.
Susann Haglund, CEO of Change, told Handelsnytt in January that the tags had been suggested by the employees themselves.
According to Haglund, they are there to aid customers in their choice by showing them what size might be right for what body shape.
”I don’t get why this would be seen as demeaning in any way. I am sure there are those that feel that way, but it is completely voluntary to wear a name tag with your cup size,” she said SR.
However, this is not the impression the former employee had when she worked there.