In March, Wenyu Lu, Flor Durante, and around 30 other employees filed a $450 million lawsuit against Wang claiming that they worked in sweatshop-like conditions. They allegedly worked 16-hour days in windowless rooms and didn’t receive overtime pay or breaks.
But according to the court doc filed by Wang, the workplace is a “modern, brightly lit studio with high ceilings and large windows”. Wang and his company say that they “have complied with all applicable wage and hour and leave laws, and there is no basis whatsoever for plaintiffs’ frivolous and entirely unsupportable accusations that defendants have harassed them or discriminated against them on the basis of their race, or on any other protected basis”.
Wang’s company hired Lu and Durante (though Wang says her last name is actually Duarte) as sewers who were paid $25 and $22 an hour, respectively. Wang claims that both employees were paid all of their wages and that they are “disgruntled former employees with axes to grind” who want to “exact a substantial settlement from the defendants”.
The statement also points out that the former workers, as well as all of Wang’s studio employees, have “paid vacation, paid sick days, paid holidays, paid personal days, medical and dental insurance, and other benefits”.