Clothing CEO Accused of Sexual Harassment

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BY ALISON SCHUTZ
 
You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy.
 
It started out with his...
BY ALISON SCHUTZ
 
You're watching multisource US video news analysis from Newsy.
 
It started out with his controversial “In Bed With the Boss” ad. But now, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is under fire again for claims of actually “bedding” his employees. Five women are now suing Charney for sexual harassment.
First, the Today Show interviewed former employee Irene Morales. In a $260 million dollar lawsuit, she claims Charney held her prisoner in his apartment for hours and forced her to perform sexual acts.
“I was victimized by Dov Charney and that I won’t stand for this anymore and if there are possibly other women out there that they should absolutely speak up about this.”
Irene’s siren was heard by four more employees. Including Kimbra Lo who Today also brought on set.
No sooner had the story made headlines, than the company responded.  According to the LA Times, American Apparel Inc. is backing Charney saying the alleged victims are in it for cash. Claiming Morales sued,
“after making a number of extortion-like threats to expose the company to a threatened avalanche of litigation and negative publicity."
Charney told the New York Post he received sexy e-mails with attached pictures from Morales. With subject lines like:
“Daddy’s got a little naughty girl waiting for him.” and “A few now...more later, yeah? A lot dirtier too.”
Styleite.com points out -- the workers should have seen this coming, what with American Apparel’s questionable “in bed with the boss” ads and the confidentiality agreement they signed in their employee paperwork.
“....Charney has been sued for this kind of thing multiple times in the past should probably also be a red flag, though all the cases in the past have either been settled or dismissed because of the confidentiality agreements...Parents, stop letting your impressionable teenage children work for this man.”
Yahoo! news reports the Canadian CEO admitted to quote “aggressively flirtatious behaviour with female employees” which he says, was entirely consensual.
 
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