Call on Levi’s, PVH, Ralph Lauren & Walmart to Stop Wage Theft in El Salvador
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On March 7, 2018, the 824 workers at the LD garment factory in El Salvador lost their jobs when the factory suddenly closed without warning. These workers sewed clothes for Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Walmart, and PVH, owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
Under Salvadoran law, when a factory closes workers are owed severance. Laid-off workers depend on these payments to support themselves and their families, including putting food on their tables and paying school fees for their children, until they are able to find new work. But the brands refused to pay timely severance, instead pointing to their intermediary, Global Brands Group.
For over a year, the workers were left with nothing. Finally, Global Brands Group distributed a paltry $600,000 -- far short of the $2.3 million owed. Levi’s, PVH, Ralph Lauren, and Walmart are now all refusing to pay anything more.
Please take action to urge these brands to stop delaying and immediately meet their outstanding severance obligations to the LD workers.