Skip to main content
Duane Davis's picture

My name is Duane Davis, and I’m a proud father of my beautiful five-year-old daughter. I worked at Juicy Couture’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City for almost four years in the stock department, filling Juicy’s shelves with $200 track suits. When I started, I got 40 hours a week and was able to support my family. I was happy and proud employee, because I thought finally, this is a good retail job - rare, but not impossible to have in the industry. However, that all changed when Juicy started cutting my hours down to 14 hours per week.

As I begged for more hours, reminding them that I have a daughter to support, I noticed they were cutting all full-time workers’ hours, while hiring more part-time employees! My co-workers and I struggled to get by and to support our families. After several months of working only 15 hours a week, I was forced out.

Working in retail isn’t easy because it’s common for us to be short-shifted. I’d commute into Manhattan from the Bronx, just to be schedule for four hour shifts -  and sometimes managers would even try to send me home before my four-hour shift was scheduled to end. I already pay $5 a day to go to work and I’d barely work enough hours to cover my transportation expenses. On those days I was on the train longer than I am at work!

By keeping hours under 30 per week, Juicy is avoiding their legal requirement to offer their workers affordable health care  – part of the Affordable Health Care Act’s plan to make sure more working Americans like me have basic health care. Further, I was told I’m only eligible for paid time off in case my daughter or I am sick once I work 1400 hours per year. At 14 hours per week, I’d never see one paid sick day!

I am here to fight for changes in the retail industry. Juicy Couture’s 5th Avenue store sets the precedent for many retail companies. The part-timing and short-shifting of their workforce needs to stop. Workers’ livelihoods are at stake. Our families’ livelihoods are at stake. Join me and my co-workers in demanding Just Hours at Juicy.

Editor's note: You can sign the petition calling on Juicy Couture to remove restrictions on hours and provide full-time opportunities for employees! Click here to add your name:

The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of strongly encourages our readers to post comments in response to blog posts. We value diversity of opinions and perspectives. Our goals for this space are to be educational, thought-provoking, and respectful. So we actively moderate comments and we reserve the right to edit or remove comments that undermine these goals. Thanks!