The world famous Swedish clothing brand H&M will open its 1st store in Taipei, Taiwan in February 2015. It will be located near Taipei City Hall MRT Station. This will be the 4th International clothing brand to enter the country after Gap, Uniqlo and Zara.
H&M knows a large success in Europe especially in the homosexual community, which made them known as the Best Gay Fashion Clothes for 3 consecutive years. Karl Lagerfeld’s clothes making H&M Gay are not something new. But, in order to import this success to Taiwan, H&M reviewed their hiring policy and we can tell you there is a very controversial recruiting policy at H&M Taiwan. According to different testimonies Peanuts Daily received from people applying for jobs at H&M Taiwan, on the application form people need to check if they are ‘straight’ or ‘gay’. So far, no one who ticked ‘straight’ got awarded a job. Larry Lee, an experienced salesman at NET and Giordano applied for a job at H&M Taipei:
When I went to the interview, I noticed right away there was an issue with me ticking the ‘straight’ box. I insisted telling the interviewer that I am gay-friendly, I have many gay friends and I even listen to Backstreet Boys before to go to sleep but this was not enough. On the application form, I think they should at the very least have a metrosexual box that can be selected: straight or gay are too selective.[See related articles about the gay community: LGBT parade made him gay and Samsung CEO Gay]
Peanuts Daily decided to investigate and met Mr. Charlie Wong, the HR manager at H&M Taiwan:
When hiring salesmen, we cannot make any discrimination if they are gay or not. However, I am sure you will agree with me, they are trendier, know more about fashion and can talk to customers about shoes, sleeveless shirts, slim-fit jeans or leggings for hours.
He made a good point.
Author: Mr. Toneacq, Jean.