Apparently, several of the retailer's former New York factory workers think so.
The six plaintiffs, who worked at the factory formerly known as Metro Star Inc. from 1996 to 2008, have filed suit against Caché in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan, reports WWD.
According to the complaint, the workers were none too happy with their job situation. Allegedly, the factory, who took orders almost exclusively from Caché, refused to pay employees overtime and their per-piece compensation arrangement was so low that sometimes workers would come home with less than minimum wage.
When the plaintiffs complained, they were told that the factory was closing down and they lost their jobs. Soon after, the workers allege the factory reopened under a different name.
Sounds like shady business, and the legal complaint was quick to point out that "the factory would periodically shut down and open under a different corporate name and in a different location... This process was designed to avoid the factory's tax and other legal obligations."
As for Caché's involvement in the legal mess? The workers claim that the New York-based chain would contract with the factory for bargain basement prices that would make it impossible for workers to earn minimum wage. Heading to court, the workers hope to get their jobs back along with lost wages and additional unspecified damages.
For now, the retailer is staying mum on its rebuttal. A spokesperson for the company stated, "Caché takes its obligations to comply with all federal and state laws seriously."
It's tough enough to go through the daily grind, but employees seem to be having a particularly rough time in the fashion industry of late.