As gender inequality issues continue to grab headlines in the mainstream media, a pair of retailers have come under fire for treating their female customers unfairly.
A Change.org petition with more than 24,000 signatures is calling for Old Navy to stop charging female customers more for plus-sized clothing than males. According to reports, the store charges $12-$15 more for plus sized women’s jeans, but it does not do the same for men’s plus-sized jeans.
“Old Navy is proud to offer styles and apparel designed specifically for our plus-size female customer, which includes curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements such as four-way stretch materials and contoured waistbands, which most men’s garments do not include,” spokewoman Debbie Felix told The Huffington Post.
The Change.org petition calls the pricing policy “overtly discriminatory.” Time points out that women’s and men’s clothes in smaller sizes are roughly the same price.