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18 Aug 2022

A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters

Migrant workers at Malaysian glove maker Brightway Holdings file US lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp & Ansell, accusing them of “knowingly profiting” from alleged use of forced labour

"Ex-workers at Malaysia's Brightway sue Kimberly-Clark, Ansell over alleged labor abuse", 9 Aug 2022

In the suit, filed late on Tuesday in the United States, 13 former workers claim damages from U.S. personal care company Kimberly-Clark and Australian personal protective equipment supplier Ansell in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

The complaint says public reports on Brightway and other Malaysian glove makers, and violations found by labor audits, were evidence of the two companies’ knowledge of the alleged abuses.

Kimberly Clark did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of regular U.S. business hours.

Ansell and Brightway said they did not have an immediate comment.

The United States banned Brightway products from entering the country in December 2021 over suspected forced labor practices, saying it had found 10 of 11 International Labour Organization indicators of forced labor.