American Apparel Inc (NYSEMKT:APP) is under the watchful eye of critics as a few of its employees file abuse complaints against the company’s former CEO, DovCharney.
Some of the employees claim that they were abused physically and the company has collective evidence which may implicate the founder in a legal battle. The retail company has audio recordings, emails and videos that contain documented complaints from some of Charney’s workers.
According to one of the emails sent to the Human resources department, he is alleged to have thrown a medicine bottle at one of the employees. Other internal documents have records contain an email where a female worker complained that Charney called her a “whore” and a “slut.” Among the documents were a resignation letter in which the employee claimed that the abuse was unbearable and thus the fear of going back.
The complaints led to the suspension of Charney for duration of 6 months. After a series of investigations, he was later sacked from his position. According to a statement by the company, he was found guilty of sexual harassment thus violation of the company’s policies. He was also found guilty of embezzling the organization’s funds.
One of Charney’s lawyers argued that the accusations did not have a basis. Since then he has been struggling for months to get his job back. The lawyer who goes by the name Keith Fink from Fink & Steinberg law firm claims that he has not yet seen any of the supposed documents containing the evidence. The lawyer believes that the allegations may be false because American Apparel claims there were no personnel documents in the former CEO’S files. This occurred during their talks to discuss his dismissal.
The lawyer cited that many of the company’s current employees are on his side including the management crew. Charney himself denied all the accusations. The defense team is currently trying to overturn the case with claims that Charney was wrongfully fired through unfair means.