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Lululemon, an upscale athleisure brand, has been accused of sourcing garments from Bangladesh in a factory, where a female employee that she is regularly beaten up and verbally harassed by their managers.
The company says it is currently investigating the claims.
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According to a report in the Guardian, the female workers claim that they are called “whores,” “sluts” and “whores” by the officers, were not allowed to take breaks, and sometimes it is only $106 per month. The plant, which is being carried out by the Youngone Corporation, is a Canadian company with $100 in gifts, and other fancy clothing items.
The employees are speaking out, claiming they are being forced out of work due to being sick and working overtime to meet the production targets.
Lululemon is the manufacturer of the sources of the clothing of the two, which according to reports, the investigation into the allegations put forward by the workers.
A Lululemon spokesperson also told Fox News in a statement that the company is taking the allegations seriously and is currently launching an investigation.
“We take these allegations very seriously and we are committed to providing a complete and independent investigation,” the statement said. “The members of Lululemon’s corporate social responsibility and the production team made a visit to the factory in Bangladesh are directly and speak with the workers, and so on. We are working with an independent not-for-profit, third-party to fully investigate the matter. While our production at the plant is very limited, we will have to make sure that employees are protected from all forms of abuse, and it is fair to be treated that way.”
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Lululemon has to face labor complaints in the past. According to a press release on its website, the athletic-wear company was last inspected in its Bangladesh facilities and the brand reportedly is working with three manufacturing plants in the country, which was in July of 2015. The note says that it “is in regular dialogue with manufacturing partners to support them in their continuous improvement.”
The company purchases its products from a range of developing countries, and notes on its website that it is entering into a new partnership, the brand has a full facility assessment in order to ensure that the facility is in compliance with the code of ethics.
“Our Vendor Code of Ethics applies to all of the countries in which our products are manufactured, including that of Bangladesh, and to ensure that our partners follow a single set of policies, regardless of the legal and cultural differences.”
In a statement to the Guardian, the Youngone Corporation, said that it is committed to providing a safe, secure, fair and just working conditions and the environment in the room. It is reported to have begun an internal review.
Workers who are responsible for the production of a few of Lululemon’s merchandise are claiming that they have been beaten and harassed in the workplace.
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This is not the first controversy for Lululemon. In 2013, the company has been criticized for failing to immediately sign the Bangladesh Safety Accord, which was driven by a factory building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people. Lululemon had to take advantage of that particular plant.
In 2014, the brand’s yoga pants, came under fire band, a complaint to the founder, Chip Wilson, responded by saying, “frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t work” for the brand’s pants. (Wilson had also made a controversial comment in a 2004 interview with the National Post Business magazine, in which he stated that he thought it was “funny to watch” Asian customers are trying to pronounce “Lululemon,” the new york times reported.)
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