WWD reported that Forever 21 has come under the microscope of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department's Wage and Hour Division said Thursday that the Los Angeles retailer has not provided sufficient documents describing the labor practices of Forever 21's apparel contractors and manufacturers. Now, the Department's Regional Office of Solicitor in Los Angeles has filed leagal action to enforce the original subpoena.
“Since 2008, our investigators have identified dozens of manufacturers producing goods for Forever 21 under sweatshoplike conditions,” said Ruben Rosalez, regional administrator for the Labor Department’s division in the West. “When companies like Forever 21 refuse to comply with subpoenas, they demonstrate a clear disregard for the law, and the Labor Department will use all enforcement tools available to recover workers’ wages and hold employers accountable.”
The next step will be a court hearing at a date to be determined.
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