Employee fired for ‘fat’ talk gets apology


EDMONTON – A plus-size women’s clothing store has apologized to an employee after it fired her for using “fat” to describe customers.

Connie Levitsky of Edmonton recently used the word on her Facebook page when updating her job status as a sales associate with Addition Elle.

Levitsky wrote: “Conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time.”

Levitsky criticized her firing on Facebook this week. She said it took years for her to accept her body size and she prefers to use “fat” instead of store-accepted euphemisms such as “curvy” and “shapely.”

“As part of the body positivity movement, I feel that if companies … are still censoring the word fat, then we are never going to get anywhere,” she wrote.

“This is one less store I can shop at, not because their clothes don’t fit me, but because what they don’t stand for doesn’t.”

Addition Elle later posted a statement on its Facebook page that said it took Levitsky’s use of “fat” out of context.

“We believe that anyone should use whatever words they are comfortable with when describing themselves and whatever makes them feel empowered,” it said. “We recognize that letting her go was a mistake and have apologized to our employee for any hurt this may have caused her.

“We stand for body positivity in all its forms.”

The company said it hopes Levitsky will come back to work.