Like many part-time employees, Bintou Kamara would like to work more hours. Employed as a cashier at a flagship Ambercrombie & Fitch store in midtown Manhattan, Kamara, 22, says that she works as few as five hours a week and is paid $9 an hour.
Kamara's predicament is made all the more difficult by a requirement, now common among retailers, that she be "on-call" three to four times a week, should the store need additional help. "We aren't getting enough hours," said Kamara, who started a petition asking the company to end the practice. "[We get] more call-in shifts than regular hours."