When it rains on Dov Charney, it pours. Not long after a former American Apparel employee sued the company’s CEO for forcing her to be his personal sex slave, four more women have banded together to sue Charney for the very same offense.
The group is led by 19-year-old Kimbra Lo, who is the only one of the four who has made her accusations against Charney public. Alyssa Ferguson, Marissa Wilson and Tesa Lubans-Dehaven were employees at the time Charney committed whatever offenses they’re suing him for, and all signed the same binding arbitration agreement that’s being used to derail Irene Morales‘ $260 million lawsuit against Charney. But Lo didn’t work for Charney when she says he tried to have sex with her, so she’s spoken openly about her allegations.
Lo told The New York Times that she worked as a sales associate at an American Apparel store for a time, and Charney never made a pass at her. After she left to pursue modeling opportunities, Lo says Charney started sending her explicit text messages. When she went to his apartment to talk about modeling for the brand, Charney made his move:
In the interview, Ms. Lo claimed that Mr. Charney, wrapped in a towel, invited her to his bedroom to talk about a job. Once there, she said he undressed her and tried to have sex. Ms. Lo said she sought to resist but was afraid, and that he tried to take photographs.
Turns out those “in bed with the boss” ads don’t paint a full picture of what happens when Charney’s employees go to his house. Charney’s lawyer told the Times that these allegations are a trumped up attempt to “shake down American Apparel” and that these claims should be settled in confidential arbitration, as is stipulated in the company’s hiring paperwork. An employment lawyer said asking someone like a store clerk to sign a confidentiality agreement was “a red flag.”
That Charney has been sued for this kind of thing multiple times in the past should probably also be a red flag, though all the cases in the past have either been settled or dismissed because of the confidentiality agreements. Lo’s case actually has a chance, but in the interest of avoiding these lawsuits altogether in the future, we say this: Parents, stop letting your impressionable teenage children work for this man.
Four More Women Sue Dov Charney For Sexual Harassment [Jezebel]
Chief of American Apparel Faces 2nd Harassment Suit [The New York Times]