Dov Charney, chief executive officer of American Apparel, the clothing retailer best known for manufacturing its clothes in the United States, stands accused of conduct that seems more typical of an overseas sweat shop boss. A lawsuit filed last week in a Los Angeles court by a former store manager accuses Charney of choking him, throwing dirt at him and deriding him with an anti-gay slur.
American Apparel believes the lawsuit is based on allegations that are “contrived and untrue,” Peter Schey, an attorney for Charney and the retail chain, said in an emailed statement.
The former manager who filed the lawsuit, Michael Bumblis, worked at a store in Malibu, Calif. He said he was ultimately fired in what he asserted was retaliation for filing a complaint against Charney through company channels. Charney’s attorney declined to say why Bumblis was fired.
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