Alexander Wang is Getting Sued for Running Alleged Sweatshop in Chinatown
Mar 07, 2012 15:53
New York-based designer Alexander Wang is being sued for $50 million by thirty workers. The workers filed the lawsuit in the Queens Supreme Court against the designer for running an alleged sweatshop in Chinatown. The lawsuit claims that the employees were forced to work 16-hour shifts or longer in a windowless room at 386 Broadway without any overtime pay.
One of the plaintiffs, Wenyu Lu, 56, worked at the Wang factory for three years and says that Alexander Wang's brother Dennis called him names and threatened to fire him if he took breaks. The Post reports:
Lu claims he was hospitalized for several days after he passed out at his work station because he was forced to work 25 hours straight — without a break — and was told he’d be fired if he didn’t follow orders.
Lu, 56, a three-year employee of teh [sic] Wang factory, claims he was also ordered to “knit and perfect a professional grade leather trouser from cut to finish in four hours.”
The job normally takes 12 hours, and results in a pair of pricey pants that can retail for $300, the suit says.
When the four hours passed, Lu claims he was insulted and called names by Dennis Wang, who ordered him to not take a break or go home until the job was completed, the lawsuit says.
Lu was ultimately fired on Feb. 16 after complaining about the labor law violations, bad working conditions, and applying for worker’s compensation, said Ming Hai, his lawyer.
However, Wang's reps say they haven't been served with the lawsuit yet, therefore refused to comment on the case.