Things are getting complicated, y'all.
After filing a $50 million suit in Queens Supreme Court about two weeks ago, former Alexander Wang employee Wenyu Lu has filed a motion to discontinue the case so it can be refiled in federal court.
The original lawsuit, reported by the New York Post, alleged that Wang and his brother, Dennis, maintained sweatshop-like conditions in their New York factory, with employees such as Lu working for shifts of 16 hours or more in a windowless office and contracting illness due to the poor environment.
Just days later, a second employee added her name to the civil action suit, claiming that she was forced to work 90 hours a week in Wang's factory and that she and Lu were both fired after filing for worker's comp due to work-sustained injuries.
Now Lu’s lawyer, Ming Hai, tells the New York Post that the case will get another life in federal court with a different lawyer.
Representatives of Alexander Wang's brand continue to deny all allegations, telling Women's Wear Daily on March 6, "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.”
Now they'll have to take those protestations to court. Read more at NYPost.com.
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