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Alexander Wang Vehemently Denies Sweatshop Claims

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As of yesterday afternoon, Alexander Wang still hadn't actually been served with the lawsuit accusing him of running a sweatshop on Broadway south of Canal. But the company was already taking measures to defend itself against the suit, which was covered in both New York tabloids on Tuesday morning. A spokesperson issued the following statement to Women's Wear Daily:
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.
Close readers will note that they almost definitely meant either "vehemently defend against" or "vehemently deny," but the point remains: No sweatshops.

Papers reported yesterday that the lawsuit was asking for $50 million, but WWD's update explains that the plaintiffs are looking for $50 million per charge. There are nine charges in all, among them labor law violations and "unjust enrichment," so the demands add up to $450 total. Lawyer Ming Hai tells the paper that in his experience, companies faced with similar lawsuits usually settle out of court to avoid bad publicity.
· Lawsuit Accuses Alexander Wang of Running a Sweatshop [Racked NY]
· Alexander Wang Disputes 'Sweatshop' Claims [WWD, subscription req'd]

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