Forever (21) being sued: Fashion giant faces ANOTHER lawsuit… this time from its own employees
Forever 21, the 'fast fashion' behemoth retailer has once again found itself summoned to the courtroom.
Five employees have brought a class action lawsuit against the chain claiming that they were routinely subjected to bag checks that cut into their lunch breaks and time off after clocking out.
The four former staff members and one current worker are seeking damages for the unpaid time spent at the stores and could very well incite other colleagues to speak up.
Class action: Forever 21 is once again at the centre of a legal battle as employees seek damages for time spent undergoing bag checks while off the clock
In an email, a Forever 21 spokesman did confirm that the bag-checking is part of the store's standard loss-prevention policy and employees are required to cooperate before clocking out.
But lawyers representing Jazzreeal Jones, Jessica Ramos, Shanelle Thompson, Alyssa Elias and
Tiffinee Linthicum have been speaking to
other sales associates of the West Coast super chain to determine how often the process takes place off the clock, on unpaid time.
Attorney Patrick Kitchin told the Huffington Post: 'We believe the practice is very widespread.
'We've spoken to
individuals from a number of [Forever 21] stores across California and
all report the same thing.'
If other workers come forward the Californian brand could face a payment of millions of dollars in damages.
Geoffrey Norton, a lawyer also speaking on behalf of the claimants wrote in a statement: 'Sales associates at Forever 21 stores are often still in high school and under the age of 18 when they begin their employment.
'These young people are vulnerable and often do not understand their
employment rights. This lawsuit is meant to give these young people a
voice about how they were treated while employed by Forever 21 in
The Los Angeles-based fashion retailer, founded in 1984 by the Chang family and favoured by young celebrities like Kirtsen Stewart, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus, is no stranger to accusations of foul play.
Over 50 designers and fashion labels, among them Anna Sui, Gwen Stefani and Diane von Furstenberg have sued the budget brand for copyright infringement though the cases have mostly been settled out of court.
Towards the end of last year, the retailer's bible-themed line of T-shirts caused a stir with slogans like 'Jesus love you' provoking concern that the devout Christian Chang family were pushing a religious agenda on its young clientele.