Summary by: Christopher Turner; Fashionism.ca
Date Published: March 09, 2012
A group of 30 employees have filed a $50 million lawsuit against Alexander Wang for allegedly running a sweatshop in NYC's Chinatown.
The workers claim that the beloved New York designer violated numerous New York state labour laws and forced them to work 16-hour days in a cramped, windowless room without receiving overtime pay. As reported by the NY Post, 56-year-old Wenyu Lu, who worked at the Wang factory for three years, claims that he was hospitalized after passing out from working 25 hours straight without a break. Lu also claims that he was fired less than a month ago after complaining about the bad working conditions.
Alexander Wang's spokeperson told WWD:
"The company takes its obligations to comply with the law very seriously, including the relevant wage and hour regulations, the payment of overtime to eligible employees and having a safe working environment for all of our employees. We will vehemently defend any allegations to the contrary."
Alexander Wang burst on the fashion scene in 2007 and has made a name for himself with his popular collections of casual sportswear.
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