Is Alexander Wang Running A Sweatshop In Chinatown?
It looks like Alexander Wang could be in some seriously hot water.
According to the New York Daily News, a 56-year-old man who worked “84-hour week in [Wang's] Broadway sweatshop” is suing the designer for $50 million. The Daily News reports Wenyu Lu passed out after working for 25 hours without a break, and his lawyer hopes to mount a class-action lawsuit.
However, according to the New York Post, a class-action suit has already been filed. An article in today’s paper reports “30 workers claim they were forced to work 16 hours a day or longer — without overtime — in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room”. They believe Wang and his brother Dennis (who serves as the company’s chief principal officer) have violated New York state labor laws, and they want $50 million in return.
The Post makes note of Lu’s claim that he passed out after working 25 hours straight, and adds that his lawyer says he was “ultimately fired on Feb. 16 after complaining about the working conditions and applying for worker’s compensation”. We have reached out to the company for comment, though reps told the Post they had no comment as they had not yet been served with papers.