Urban Outfitters Asks Employees to Volunteer for Weekend Shift in 'Team Building Activity'

Urban Outfitters emailed employees asking for volunteers to work weekends.

Urban Outfitters Inc., whose brands include its namesake Urban Outfitters brand, Anthropologie and Free People, is based in Philadelphia. Its new fulfillment center is about 50 miles west in Gap, Pennsylvania.

An email addressed to employees asked for people to "pick, pack and prepare packages for shipment," MarketWatch reported, and volunteers would work six-hour shifts in exchange for lunch and transportation, if required. The company described it as a "team building activity," and advised employees to wear "sneakers and comfortable clothing," MarketWatch said.

In a statement to ABC News, Urban Outfitters said, “After successfully opening our new fulfillment center in June, we asked salaried employees at our home office to volunteer for shifts that would help support the new center through a busy month of October. Unsurprisingly, we received a tremendous response, including many of our senior management."

The company is seeking help for the last three weekends in October, but a company spokesperson told MarketWatch that this is a common request in the industry with a new fulfillment center.

"Many hourly employees also offered to pitch in –- an offer which we appreciated, but declined in order to ensure full compliance with all applicable labor laws and regulations," the company said in its statement to ABC News. "The dedication and commitment of URBN employees are second to none, and their response to this request is a testament to their solidarity and continued success.”