Rebecca Minkoff has been fined $77,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for failing to meet workplace safety standards at its 33 West 17th Street corporate office and showroom in New York. Representatives from OSHA inspected the handbag brand's office and showroom and issued the complaint after receiving complaints from brand employees.
In particular, the OSHA agents found that many of the offices and the showroom space were "overcrowded and congested with boxes, rolling racks, workstations, chairs, equipment, storage and other materials," according to an OSHA statement released Thursday. “It’s critical to maintain swift, clear access to emergency exits, and it is a requirement under the law,” said Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director in Manhattan. “Management knew of the hazard of compromised emergency exit access, yet allowed the hazard to continue. Because of that, we are proposing the maximum fines allowable for the willful and serious violations.”