July 1, 2009
American Apparel, big on immigration reform, gets fingered for suspect workers
The hits just keep coming for American Apparel and its founder, Jewish bad boy Dov Charney.
In May, American Apparel agreed to pay Woody Allen $5 million to settle a lawsuit the famously neurotic actor brought against Charney and Co. for misappropriating his image in this billboard ad. I think a handful of sexual harassment lawsuits are still pending against Charney, who infamously told aJewish Journal reporter in 2005, “I could pull my penis out right now, and I guarantee you no one would be offended.“
And then today America Apparel, which has been a prominent advocate for immigration reform, even using “Legalize L.A.” as a t-shirt and ad slogan, was fingered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for employing some 1,600 workers at its Los Angeles factories whose eligibility documentation is “suspect and not valid.” Another 200 workers had documentation that could not be verified. That spells trouble for about a third of American Apparel’s employees:
More from Reuters here. A Legalize LA commercial is after the jump: