Alexander Wang‘s legal troubles just got a little more complicated. According to the New York Post, a second employee has filed a civil action lawsuit against the designer, alleging “sweatshop” conditions and 90-hour work weeks.
Flor Duante, a 48-year-old single mother of four, says she was fired after filing for workers compensation. Last week, Wenyu Lu filed a suit complaining that employees in Wang’s lower Manhattan headquarters were forced to work “16 hours a day or longer — without overtime — in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room”.
On Friday, Gawker writer Leah Beckmann visited the building at 386 Broadway, but was prohibited from exploring what they were told was the “design and manufacturing” floor. After trying and failing to get past company CFO Mark Greene, Beckmann left. Here’s how she described the setup:
No sight of hunched-over, overworked employees. No cramped spaces full of dark Dickensian sewing machines. The discretion of their employees doesn’t mean much, and other than the standard office clutter, there was nothing unusual or exceptional about the space or our interactions at all. While the office normalcy doesn’t point to any seedy goings-on in the world of the fashion underbelly, it certainly doesn’t disqualify them either.
Wang has said he plans to fight the $450 million suit, but has yet to respond to the second complaint.