It looks like Alexander Wang is going to be caught up in legal battles for longer than expected. Page Six reports that the $450 million lawsuit the designer is currently embroiled in is now set to move to federal court.
Former employee Wenyu Lu initially filed the suit in Queens Supreme Court, alleging that the conditions in the designer’s manufacturing floor were such that he and his fellow employees “were forced to work 16 hours a day or longer — without overtime — in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room”. A second lawsuit was filed soon after by another former employee, Flor Duante, who cited similar “sweatshop” conditions and exploitative practices that forced her to work 90 hour+ work weeks without breaks or overtime pay.
Lu’s lawyers are now moving to discontinue the case and re-file at the federal level, at which point Lu will be represented by new counsel who specializes in labor law.