Alexander Wang Hit With $50 Million Labor Lawsuit Alleging Unsafe Working Conditions
The public was taken aback when the Kardashian family got hit with a lawsuit claiming their clothing lines for QVC and other outlets utilized sweatshop laborers overseas.
But now, a fashion designer's employees are claiming that he violated labor conditions right here in New York City.
The New York Post reports that 30 of Alexander Wang's workers filed a $50 million labor lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court, claiming that conditions in Wang's Chinatown factory are reprehensible and dangerous.
The workers say they were forced to work for Wang and his brother for 16 hours or more per day without overtime pay in a windowless 200 square foot office. One employee alleges he was fired on February 16 after filing a worker's comp claim after he was hospitalized following a 25-hour shift.
Wang -- who just hired superstar models Gisele, Karolina Kurkova and Shalom Harlow to walk his New York Fashion Week show -- has made a name for himself with his line of laid-back, casual sportswear.
We've reached out to Alexander Wang's office for comment and will update when we hear back. In the meantime, click over to the Post to read more details and see the looks from Wang's Fall 2012 show below.
UPDATE: Alexander Wang denies the accusations, as a company rep told Women's Wear Daily, "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.”
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