Cole Hamels Sues After Being Denied Entrance to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

In November, Cole Hamels went to New York City. Accompanied by two guests, he attempted to gain entrance to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory. He was denied. And now he and his wife, Heidi, are suing over it.

Hamels seems to have a good reason for suing, though: According to his lawsuit, he paid a U.K. company £49,382 (currently $68,730.36) for three VIP packages that included tickets to the fashion show. He and his wife have sued Cornucopia Entertainment, LLC, and related defendants for a sum “in an amount in excess of $50,000.”

The lawsuit says Cornucopia told Hamels it could provide him with a VIP package that included tickets to the show and afterparty, accommodations at the Kensington Hotel in London, a limo to and from the event and other related perks for £15,995 a person. At the time, the lawsuit alleges, Cornucopia said the show would not be returning to New York — where it has always been held — and would be in London instead. Read more »

Urban Outfitters Ends Controversial Employee Policy Amid Government Pressure

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Urban Outfitters is the latest retailer to end the controversial policy of on-call scheduling — at least in New York state. Announcing the change on his website, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Urban has promised to provide employees with their schedules at least one week prior to the start of the workweek, rather than making some stay “on call.” Other big-name retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, Starbucks, Gap, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works have also done away with the practice in certain parts of the country.

On-call scheduling has grown in popularity among retailers who have used new technology to help determine when stores will be flooded with customers and need more staff. But that means workers have to be on-call — making it difficult to schedule activities in their off time and forcing some to find child care or elder care with very little notice. Read more »

Victoria’s Secret Petitioned to Use Transgender Model Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera in a W ad by Steven Meisel.

Carmen Carrera in a W ad by Steven Meisel.

This would be so exciting: Change.org has petitioned Victoria’s Secret to hire Carmen Carrera as its first transgender model. You may remember Carrera from season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. After the show, she made a public gender transformation. Since then she has been working as one of W’s sexy “Showgirls,” and she recently lit up the runway in a Marco Marco fashion show.

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