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23 Brands Caught In Sweatshop Scandals

Everyone from J. Crew to Victoria’s Secret to the Kardashian empire. If you don’t shop at one of these stores, you probably know someone who does.

1. Primark became the first retailer to announce a compensation package for workers caught up in the recent Bangladesh factory collapse.

2. British brand Matalan also confirmed it would provide compensation to victims.

Details on how compensation packages will be doled out and how much they’ll cover remain hazy.

3. Also offering compensation, Canadian retail giant Joe Fresh.

4. Other brands intending on compensating the victims include:

Spanish label El Corte Ingles.

5. Bonmarché is still considering what the appropriate action might be.

6. Another brand that hasn’t reached a decision? Carrefour.

7. Change.org is petitioning for brands like Mango to acknowledge their involvement and follow suit of brands taking responsibility.

8. Benetton labels were found in the rubble but the company initially denied that claim. They have since rescinded that denial, stating they only used that factory once.

9. Children’s Place also claimed that while they have used that factory in the past, nothing of theirs is currently in production there — a claim that turned out to be false.

10. Walmart spoke up and said that their supplier’s use of the Rana Plaza factory was unauthorized.

Following the latest disaster, Walmart, along with Gap and H&M, met with labor groups in Germany this week to discuss how to better prevent future disasters.

11. Another garment factory disaster in Bangladesh took place in 2012. The fire in a Tazreen factory killed over 100 people that were making clothing for brands including Disney.

12. And Enyce.

13. And Sears.

14. Also German discount chain Kik.

15. And military clothing company Soffee.

16. The 2005 Spectrum-Sweater factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh was linked to Canadian retailer La Senza.

17. Even the U.S. Military encountered allegations of sweatshop use in 2000, according to the Global Labour Rights Organization.

The organization alleged women in Nicaragua were paid pennies for each pair of jeans they made for military members.

18. The National Labor Committee reported in 2007 that Jordanian employees in factories producing Victoria’s Secret lingerie were “slapped and beaten,” then arrested for protesting.

19. Campaigners organized a global boycott against Nike’s use of sweatshop labor back in the 1990s.

20. Along with Nordstrom and Gymboree, J.Crew settled a class-action lawsuit brought by workers in “America’s worst sweatshop” — the U.S. territory of Saipan — in 2006.

The lawsuit alleged “there were beatings, forced abortions, vermin-infested quarters, barbed wire and armed guards,” at the factories. Clothing made in Saipan comes with the “Made in the USA” label.

21. Indian workers producing GAP clothes were paid less than 40¢ a day, a 2010 report from The Observer claimed.

22. In 2011, the Kardashian family vehemently denied reports that products from their K-Dash, ShoeDazzle and Kris Jenner Kollection lines were made by workers suffering from “inhumane conditions” in Chinese factories.

23. And after “an undisclosed settlement” made between the brand and workers, a judge dismissed a lawsuit that Alexander Wang’s factory in New York was run under sweatshop-like conditions.

This is the problem with sweatshop claims — many are hard to verify, and some are merely rumor.

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