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Lawsuit Accuses Alexander Wang of Running a Sweatshop

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According to both the New York Daily News and the New York Post, a Queens man has accused Alexander Wang of operating a sweatshop in a new $50 million lawsuit. The suit comes from Wenyu Lu, a 56-year-old former Wang employee who says he passed out after working 25 hours without a break.

The tabloids' accounts diverge slightly, though. The Daily News quotes Lu's lawyer as saying that he's hoping to sign up other workers for a class-action lawsuit. But the Post reports that thirty workers have accused Wang and his brother, Dennis, of forcing them to work 16-hour days "in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room" at 386 Broadway just south of Walker Street.

Lu says he was ultimately hospitalized for several days after he passed out. When he complained about the sweatshop's conditions and applied for worker's comp, says his lawyer, he was fired. The Wang camp had no comment for either paper, though they did tell the Post that they had not yet been served with any lawsuit.

Update: An Alexander Wang spokesperson denies the allegations.
· Designer Alexander Wang hit with $50M 'sweatshop' lawsuit [NYDN]
· Designer sued for ‘exploits’ [New York Post]

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