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Alexander Wang Lawsuit Moving To Federal Court

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We've got good and bad news for Alexander Wang.

The good news is the $450 million labor lawsuit against him has stalled. The bad news, however, is the lawsuit is moving to federal court.

On Thursday Wenyu Lu's lawyers filed a motion with the Queens Supreme Court to discontinue the case and plans to refile in Federal Court with a new lawyer who specializes in labor law.

In other not so good news for Wang and his brother Dennis, another employee Flor Duante has come forward claiming she too was forced to work 90 hour weeks only to be fired when she filed for workers comp.

Wang continues to firmly deny the allegations, saying "The claims of sweatshop conditions were completely and utterly untrue in every respect."

Which side do U believe???

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$450 Million Lawsuit Accuses Alexander Wang Of Running A Sweatshop!

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We hope Alexander Wang has a good lawyer because he's gonna need it.

Thirty workers have filed a $450 million lawsuit against the designer and his brother Dennis Wang for allegedly running a sweatshop in NYC's Chinatown.

One employee in particular, Wenyu Lu, claims he was hospitalized after passing out from working 25 hours straight without a break. Lu also says he was fired in February after complaining about labor law violations and bad working conditions.

The lawsuit seeks $50 million for each of the 9 violations, which Alexander Wang has already denied.

Wang's rep said in a statement:

"The company takes its obligations to comply with the law very seriously, including the relevant wage and hour regulations, the payment of overtime to eligible employees and having a safe working environment for all of our employees. We will vehemently defend any allegations to the contrary."

We certainly hope so!

Thoughts???

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The Fashion Industry May Have To Pay Their Go-Fers & Minions

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Looks like the fashion world, among others, may have to eventually pay that unnamed intern to go get their coffee!

The federal Labor Department’s M. Patricia Smith is stepping up her investigation and cracking down on firms that are treating their unpaid interns like crap without paying them, which would be a violation of minimum wage laws.

The department says the crackdown comes from all those 'terns that don't want to file complaints and become known as the "troublemaker", which would endanger their future employment possibilities.

Oh and we can't forget how the economy is playing into the explosion of unpaid internships. Cheap ass companies aren't wanting to pay for people that probably work harder than their actual employees.

Go figure!

But there is one glimmer of hope for all those magazines that hire unpaid interns in bunches.

As long as the companies are in compliance with the six factors, which includes receiving college credit or being mentored by the higher-ups, it'll still be OK to forfeit a paycheck. However many are arguing that the factors need to be updated as they were part of a Supreme Court ruling back in 1947!

We definitely think it's time to update that 60 year old ruling, Miz Smith!

But what does the Labor Department think about then interns paying the company for their unpaid employment? Does that count???

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