This Designer Says He Doesn't Run A 'Third-World Sweatshop'

Alexander Wang Runway Show, 2010Alexander Wang, Runway Show, 2010

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High-end designer Alexander Wang is fighting back against allegations he forced employees to work in less-than-admirable conditions.In a motion filed Friday, the designer tore into two workers who filed a wide-ranging class action against the designer.

Wang claims ex-workers are trying to extort money from him and embarrass him in the process

He took particular issue with allegations that the space where employees worked was anything but a “bright” and “professional” studio space.

Those workers made baseless allegations, likening Wang’s studio to “a windowless, third-world sweatshop,” Wang claimed.

In reality, the workers were just trying to “embarrass these high-profile, highly successful defendants and tarnish their professional reputations, in a shameless bid to extort a substantial monetary settlement,” according to the motion.

The former employees, who assembled sample garments, claimed they had to work 15 hours a day during Fashion Week and that managers abused and berated them, Wang’s motion stated.

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