About half of the labor complaints filed in recent weeks against American Apparel have been struck down by the National Labor Relations Board.
The Los Angeles-based firm had been hit with about a dozen complaints that ranged from alleged Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act violations to interfering with workers’ rights to speak with union organizers. The NLRB has dismissed six of those charges on the basis that the individuals filing the complaints were not willing to cooperate with the board on its investigation, according to documents obtained by WWD.
Keith Fink, the attorney who filed the complaints on behalf of those workers, said the individuals were unable to meet with the NLRB on their scheduled appointment day either due to a family member sickness or they were unable to leave work. Fink added those complaints would be refiled within the next six months.
American Apparel laid off less than 200 of its workers, mostly in Southern California manufacturing positions earlier this year, as the company seeks a turnaround. And it was that most recent round of layoffs at the company, under new management led by chief executive officer Paula Schneider, that fanned the flames of what has become a very public battle by former ceo Dov Charney to regain control of the company he founded and was fired from in December following his June suspension.
Charney in more recent weeks has filed lawsuits against American Apparel and Standard General, the hedge fund Charney had once aligned himself with in hopes of getting himself back into the top spot at the company.
American Apparel pushed back against the litigation on Friday with its own lawsuit that claims Charney is in violation of his standstill agreement.