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Major American Brands Silent on Alleged Rights Abuses At Overseas Factories [Jordan]

Author: Janell Ross, Huffington Post [USA], Published on: 21 July 2011

A month after a prominent human rights group accused major American brands of purchasing clothing from a factory in Jordan that systematically abuses workers, the companies have yet to declare any public action... the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights released a report alleging that workers producing clothing for Walmart, Target, Macy's, Kohl's and Hanes [part of Hanesbrand] at a factory in Jordan have been routinely beaten, underpaid and forced to work hours in excess of what the local law allows...forced to live in bed bug-infested dormitories that lack heat and hot water...The report also alleged a pattern of widespread sexual abuse of female employees at the Classic Brands factory complex...Hanes did not respond to requests for comment. Macy’s, Target, Kohl's and Walmart issued brief statements this week acknowledging the allegations and expressing concern, while declining to answer questions...[Includes text of brands’ statements]

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Related companies: Classic Fashion Hanes (part of Hanesbrands) Hanesbrands Kohl's Macy's Target Walmart