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Article

17 Dec 2019

Author:
Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times

USA: Federal investigation finds garment workers producing for Fashion Nova underpaid & exploited; Fashion Nova denies responsibility

"Fashion Nova's Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories", 16 December 2019

Fashion Nova... is built to... mass-produc[e] cheap clothes... made “in less than two weeks,” often by manufacturers in Los Angeles...

The federal Labor Department has found that many Fashion Nova garments are stitched... [by workers] paid illegally low wages... Many of the people behind the sewing machines are undocumented, and unlikely to challenge their bosses...

[The Labour] department discovered Fashion Nova clothing being made in dozens of factories that owed $3.8 million in back wages to hundreds of workers... Those factories... hired by middlemen to produce garments for fashion brands, paid their sewers as little as $2.77 an hour...

... Fashion Nova’s general counsel, said... “Any suggestion that Fashion Nova is responsible for underpaying anyone working on our brand is categorically false.”... [and] noted that it works with hundreds of manufacturers and “is not responsible for how these vendors handle their payrolls.”

... The [factory] owners and employees... said Fashion Nova would always push to pay the lowest price possible for each garment, and would demand a quick turnaround... So they look for subcontractors who can sew clothes as quickly and cheaply as possible...