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IF this is ture I really do hope they throw the book at him. I mean seriously what the heck is going on, first Galliano opens his mouth and now Alexander is possibly running a sweat shop an AMERICAN sweat shop at that, do the words Triange shirtwaist factory mean nothing. IF this turns out to be ture I hope he pays every cent!

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So, unsurprisingly they have denied any wrong doing.
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Alexander Wang Denies Those Sweatshop Allegations

By Charlotte Cowles


It's no surprise that Alexander Wang's camp vehemently denies recent allegations that the company violated labor laws at a so-called "sweatshop" in Chinatown. According to a lawsuit filed by former employee Wenyu Lu in Queens, Wang's employees were forced to work up to 25-hour-long days without breaks or overtime pay. The plaintiffs include Lu and roughly 30 other employees, who are demanding $50 million in damages for each of the suitís nine charges. Although Wang's representatives say they have yet to be served with the lawsuit, they're already defending the company.

A spokesperson for the brand told WWD today:

The company takes its obligations to comply with the law very seriously, including the relevant wage and hour regulations, the payment of overtime to eligible employees and having a safe working environment for all of our employees. We will vehemently defend any allegations to the contrary.


The plaintiffs' lawyer, Ming Hai, has a history with employment law cases in Chinatown and tells WWD that most apparel companies settle out of court to avoid bad press. It would hardly be a shock if Wang does the same.

http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/...legations.html
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you know if these prats would stop partying and hanging with their overrated celebrity friends long enough to see what actually goes on with their own manufacturing maybe this wouldn't be happening so much. i know if i were a designer i would want to know every single person that makes them and i certainly and most importantly would want to know the environment in which they work. this is supposed be their livelihood i think i would want to know to every aspect of what happens in my own business.

and btw,perhaps this will bring alex wang down a couple notches. i'm so bored with the fanaticism over his helmut lang archives rip-offs.


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If this story is true, and somehow I believe it, I would loose any kind of respect for A. Wang. No matter if this kind of work environment happens "only" during the fashion weeks or not. This is absolute no excuse to treat your workers like no human beings. These workers are the foundation of your business because they produce your products, so please give them some credit and let them breathe.

Anyway, he was always overrated imo.

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You guys need to calm down. You heard one side of the story and to me it sounds a little sensationalized. Let's wait and see if more information comes out before we all 'burn him at the altar.'

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Alexander Wang (as if he were the directly responsible) is not the only one who exploits his employees. Many brands do too, especially the low cost ones.

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very sad if true but unfortunately it still happens in a lot of places!!
problem is that designers often dont deal with all the details themselves so yes if true he is to blame but not the only one and certainly not the first one!
forget wang, just go to chinatown and check out what happens in those "apartments" ... exploitation galore and sure its illegal and most of the time the workers dont have much choice but you DO have a choice NOT to accept the work and/or not to stick with it if you know or hear you employer will overwork you and/or not pay you enough!
come on , specially in the US! if you are a legal resident, go claim legal work!
no?

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^completely agree with you leyla

you know one would think after all these years of so many allegations of sweatshop conditions,designers have become more cognizant this particular facet of their business. and with these situations becoming more easily uncovered(and many workers,thankfully,aren't as uneasy or have less fear to speak out than they did a decade ago),designers and companies alike,simply cannot afford to be that ignorant and turn a blind eye any longer.

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Are 50 million $ realistic in US jurisdiction? Because his company does only make revenue of 25 million a year.
When looking for a settlement, most times the starting off number will be ridiculously high so by the time bargaining is over the client still gets a sizable sum. Also though, they are most likely suing his backers as well, not just Alexander Wang.

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You guys need to calm down. You heard one side of the story and to me it sounds a little sensationalized. Let's wait and see if more information comes out before we all 'burn him at the altar.'
I agree, there must be some truth in this but I think it's sensationalized... as almost everything in our society.

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these people are probably illegal citizens, otherwise, who would work those hours on american soil??

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I know this kinda thing is not to be taken lightly, but how do we know that any of these workers are actually telling the truth? How do we know they're not just out for a few bucks? Why should we believe them any more than Wang? I don't like Alexander Wang but the media loves to exaggerate things like this and make any form of authority look like sh!t.

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^ Yes, let's wait for the other side of the story before we start condemning Wang.

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these employees are lucky to be in America where they can defend their human rights... if they were in China, they would work the same for a dollar a day.... its nice to point out this controversy but such enslaving things are still happening around the world and nobody thinks about it when buying that fake purse or shoes... however, world politics is not the matter of this site..
back to the topic... from first-hand infos of my friends working at some Milan fashion houses, the practics of some houses over there are horrible with a very hostile environment... i joked whether its like Devil wears Prada. they were like: "Devil wears Prada is a fairy tale, its just a movie and in real life is much much worse." so i was like O_O they were very negative about working there
the worst thing is when you are an intern... my other friend who worked at French houses said they treat you like sh*t... they dont even talk to you or say hi... you mean absolutely nothing to them... All they care is their own azz and the desinger so that they can meet celebrities and so on...


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very sad if true but unfortunately it still happens in a lot of places!!
problem is that designers often dont deal with all the details themselves so yes if true he is to blame but not the only one and certainly not the first one!
forget wang, just go to chinatown and check out what happens in those "apartments" ... exploitation galore and sure its illegal and most of the time the workers dont have much choice but you DO have a choice NOT to accept the work and/or not to stick with it if you know or hear you employer will overwork you and/or not pay you enough!
come on , specially in the US! if you are a legal resident, go claim legal work!
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Who knows if they are even legal to work? I've worked in factories in Queens and trust me the majority of them are not legal to work. So, where are they gonna go for their job if even qualified legal US citizens can't find work?

And you never really know if your employer is going to overwork you or whatever. They will sugarcoat it until you get dependent on them and then they change. It happens in all industries, not just in fashion. It's just that in fashion, it's almost accepted that you'll be exploited because you "have to pay your dues".

Who knows how this company is structured in terms of their operations here in NYC.

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