Industry darling, Alexander Wang, is in hot water. According to the New York Daily News, Wenyu Lu, a 56-year-old man is bringing suit against the 28-year-old designer for $50 million. Lu, who claims he worked an “84-hour week in [Wang’s] 386 Broadway sweatshop,” passed out after working for 25 hours without a break. Lu says he was hospitalized for several days after passing out. Further, he alleges that the company threatened to fire him if he didn’t follow strict orders, one of which was to “’knit and perfect’” a pair of leather trousers in four hours, a job that normally takes 12 hours.” Lu was “ultimately fired on Feb. 16 after complaining about the working conditions and applying for worker’s compensation.”
According to the New York Post, a class-action suit against Wang and his brother Dennis Wang is already under way as “30 workers claim they were forced to work 16 hours a day or longer — without overtime — in a suffocating, windowless, 200-square-foot room.” However, according to sources at Alexander Wang, the company, which stocks at Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, has not been served with papers yet.