During my first day at work, they mentioned something that you would do push-ups on certain occasions – I thought it was a joke, " says Jennifer Mellgren.
She began to work on one of XXL's shops in Stockholm in the beginning of February of this year. After she arrived a few minutes late to a morning meeting on her second day, she realised that they had not been joking about the armhävningarna.
– I then get told that I should do push-ups that I had come too late. I say that it doesn't feel okay, and I must say, before my new colleagues, " says Jennifer Mellgren.
to meet a boss at the office where she gets told that no one can force her to do push-ups, but it is something that they do in all XXL stores.
"It was described as it was a part of the culture of the XXL, and I already knew then that I needed to consider if it was something for me," she says.”It was described as it was a part of the culture of the XXL”, says Jennifer Mellgren. Photo: Photo: Private
Jennifer Mellgren later chose to terminate the employment. On Friday, she wrote a post on Facebook where she told me about his time in the workplace:
”It was a short career because they apply punishments in the form of push-ups that must be carried out ahead of your colleagues, if you, for example coming late or happen to say 'client' instead of 'guest'.”
Her post had rapidly spread, and many reactions.
"I had no idea that it would spread so, I just wanted to ease my heart before my friends on Facebook," says Jennifer Mellgren.
without success. But sportkedjans ceo Per Sigvardsson commenting on the incident in a post on the company's Facebook page. He writes that he was dismayed and concerned to read Jennifer Mellgrens post and they immediately got in touch with the concerned department. According to the post, they have ”acted instantly on this”.
Per Sigvardsson also writes that ”the XXL has a clear policy of discrimination, victimisation and harassment which continually communicate internally, this rehearsing, we all varuhuschefer now on Friday with the occasion of this event”.
she has no knowledge of the post at XXL.
" No one from the XXL has heard of me, but other employees have heard of similar experiences from the same employer. I feel that it was right to write the post and make it public, " says Jennifer Mellgren.