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Forever 21's Vendors May Not Be Following Labor Laws

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It wasn't enough that Forever 21 was already sued by its employees early this year.

But now the U.S. Department of Labor found the company to be working with vendors that don't pay their worker's overtime or minimum wage!!

On Thursday, the department announced that the retailer has failed to provide docs from a subpoena that was issued on August 16, which would show their labor practices from suppliers and apparel contractors.

Now, the department is going one step further by taking their complaint to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to make sure the subpoena is enforced.

The labor department’s regional administrator, Ruben Rosalez explained that Forever 21's vendors have been under investigation since 2008, saying:

“Since 2008, our investigators have identified dozens of manufacturers producing goods for Forever 21 under sweatshoplike conditions. 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 Wage and Hour Division is currently auditing the company's vendors to see if they do meet the Fair Labor Standards Act’s record-keeping, overtime and minimum wage standards.

Unfortunately, Forever 21 has yet to respond, but if everything is as bad as it sounds, the retailer is going to the courthouse for a hearing.

Thoughts?!?

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