Alexander Wang has just been slapped with a $50 million dollar lawsuit.
Although Alexander has had a successful year and reportedly netted over $25 million in profit, the New York Post is reporting that he and his brother Dennis have been operating a factory under shocking conditions in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighbourhood.
In the suit, filed at Queens Supreme Court by a collective of thirty Chinese garment workers, it is claimed that the designer disobeyed a host of New York state labour laws.
Workers in the 200-square-foot space on Broadway say they were forced to work for stints of up to 25 hours at a time, while conditions were unsafe.
Not only do the high-end garment makers claim to have not been paid overtime, but they say they were threatened with losing their jobs if work in the ‘windowless’ room was not completed.