The Alexander Wang Lawsuit train is still chugging along.
Women's Wear Daily reports that the case, which alleges that Wang employees were forced to endure long hours in poor conditions and fired after requesting worker’s compensation, was successfully transferred to New York Federal Court last Friday.
And as the ante is upped, Wang has hit back, further refuting the charges made against his company. A company rep told WWD:
"The claims regarding sweatshop conditions are completely untrue...
In reality, this case was filed by an individual who was let go by the company as a result of serious harassment issues. We stand by our decision to promote a safe workplace environment for all employees regardless of false claims that may be waged against us in retaliation."
That individual is Wenyu Lu, who filed the initial suit in Queens Supreme Court several weeks ago. But the notion that Lu was simply angry over his dismissal doesn't entirely cover Wang's tracks. The New York Post originally reported that the claims of thirty different Wang employees were included in the initial suit.
Additionally, after it was filed, another employee added her name to the suit, alleging that she was forced to work 90 hours a week in Wang's factory and both she and Lu were fired after filing for worker's comp due to work-sustained injuries.
Now, with the case refiled in federal court, the plaintiffs have asked Federal Judge Harold Baer to consider the case a class-action suit. Read more at WWD.com and stay tuned -- Wang's company has less than three weeks to make an official response.
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