Forever 21 accused of creating clothes in "sweatshop like" conditions

- SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Popular fashion chain, Forever 21, is under fire by the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly being cheap to its workforce and creating clothes under “sweatshop like” conditions.

Shoppers are not surprised.

“Sweatshops are prevalent as far as where we get our clothing from in the U.S. in general,” Kara Leslie, a shopper, said.

The Labor Department said and investigation into the popular fashion chain has uncovered “significant” violations of federal laws on minimum wage, overtime and record keeping by vendors supplying the company.

“A big store that sells their clothes so cheaply has to make money somehow, so they’re probably not paying their employees as well as they should,” Christina Halverson said.

But shoppers admit Forever 21’s prices are the reason they like to shop there.

“It shows in the quality of the clothing, like a lot of the thin materials will rip easily,” Leslie said. “But it’s the price 100%.”

Forever 21 released a statement, which said the company “is surprised and disappointed that the department declined to meet before filing this action but looks forward to working with them to address any issues.”

“I’m disappointed,” Halverson added. “I would hope a big company like that would treat their employees better.”

Other said it will make them think twice before going into one of the fashion chain’s stores.

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