‘Toxic environment’: former staff of UK fashion retailer allege culture of bullying

Exclusive: Female ex-employees of Missy Empire claim they were subjected to ‘degrading’ treatment

Former staff of a fast-fashion brand that boasts of empowering young women have told the Guardian they were subjected to a toxic culture of bullying, abusive and degrading comments.

The claims about Missy Empire, a Manchester-based retailer now owned by Frasers Group, were made by female employees.

Staff were bullied, shouted and sworn at.

He made degrading comments about models’ body shape and physical appearance.

Staff were asked to model clothes for the managing director.

Seven members of staff said they were fired without reason, and two staff claimed they were unable to keep copies of their employment contracts.

Missy Empire’s owners ignored formal complaints.

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