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Forever 21 Faces Employment Class Action Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA: An employment class action lawsuit has been filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the California-based retailer, Forever 21. The lawsuit alleges Forever 21 required its employees to perform work without compensation and denied them meal breaks.

The lead plaintiffs, Jazzreeal Jones, Jessica Ramos, Shanelle Thompson, Alyssa Elias and Tiffinee Linthicum, say the company routinely detained them and their co-workers inside Forever 21 stores on lunch breaks and after their shifts were over so managers could search them for company merchandise. The suit alleges these delays resulted in substantial unpaid labor every day for thousands of Forever 21 employees in California. The workers' lawyers are also asking the State of California to appoint them as private attorneys general so they may prosecute penalty claims on behalf of the State.

This is not the first time Forever 21 has come under criticism for its employment practices. In 2001 workers from six factories sued the company and called for a boycott of Forever 21 products for what they called "unsafe and unsanitary working conditions." That lawsuit was dropped after Forever 21 agreed to change its labor practices in its factories and pay the workers the wages they had earned.

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Published on Jan-19-12


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