Things are not looking good for Alexander Wang.
Last week we learned that the downtown design darling was being sued for $50 million by former employee Wenyu Lu, who claimed that he was forced to work 84-hour weeks in sweatshop-like conditions. Lu was joined by a number of “other similarly situated” people as plaintiffs, who were seeking $50 million for each of the suit’s nine charges, resulting in a whopping $450 million lawsuit against the company.
Though Alexander Wang’s reps have denied the charges, yet another employee has stepped forward to join Lu in his lawsuit against the company, according to the New York Post (lead: “It’s become a fashionable trend to sue famed designer Alexander Wang”). Flor Duante, a 48-year-old single mother of three, claims she was forced to work more than 90 hours a week and that her and Lu were fired after making workers compensation claims.
Again, we really hope that the claims made against the designer wind up not being true. Gawker recently tried to inspect Wang’s alleged “factory” in Chinatown but didn’t find much of anything. But a second employee filing suit doesn’t bode well.