By Jonathan Davies

US fashion chain American Apparel has banned staff from having relationships with each other, after CEO Dov Charney was fired over sexual harassment allegations.

Managers are banned from relationships with “subordinates”, and any relationship between staff members “where one person may have perceived or actual influence over the other’s terms of employment must be disclosed by the participants to the Human Resources Department”, according to the group’s new code of conduct. “A ‘romantic relationship’ includes both casual dating and committed relationships."

Dov Charney was initially suspended for six months, but still worked as a consultant, while the board investigated allegations that he harassed colleagues and inappropriately bought travel for family members with company money.

Charney has always denied the allegations but was fired in December.

American Apparel faced huge criticism in 2014, often being accused of using adverts that border on pornography.

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