Alexander Wang is not a happy man. The young designer was accused by former employee Wenyu Lu of running a sweatshop. Lu, in a $50 million lawsuit against the designer, claims that he was forced to work 84-hour work weeks sewing Wang’s clothes. And, Lu alleges, he once passed out after working for 25 hours straight. Now the case is advancing forward, and will be refiled on the federal level.
Lu is one of 30 employees who filed the suit against Wang, claiming that he forced them to work in a windowless room for as much as 16 hours a day — without overtime. Lu also alleged that he suffered health issues including kidney stones while on the job. He says he was ultimately fired from the company in February, after, he claims, suffering substantial injuries while working on a project for Wang.
Wang, who’s clothes and bags go for hundreds of dollars a pop, says that Lu is nothing more than a bully, and that Lu was actually fired for bullying other employees. In effect Wang’s rep are trying to claim that Lu is nothing more than a disgruntled ex-employee.
Said a rep for Wang, “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.” [Telegraph]