American Apparel and Dov Charney Face a New Lawsuit
American Apparel is at the heart of yet another lawsuit - this time, surprisingly, a man is filing the claim. It may not be another sexual harassment suit directed at the company's founder and CEO, Dov Charney, though it does involve the ex-chief of European operations charging that Charney allowed women he liked to oversee company funds and resources, which were subsequently mishandled.
Bernhard-Axel Ingo Brake was fired from American Apparel:
He alleges he was fired after he complained about the company's employment practices in Europe. He also claims Dov Charney verbally promised him more than $1 million in bonuses and commissions, which have yet to reach his bank account.
American Apparel has responded with a lawsuit of their own in German court, retaliating against Brake:
They say he was fired for embezzling money from the company and also allege that he hired his mistress for a high-level position in Switzerland, the duties of which went unfulfilled. Additionally, they claim Brake went against the company's nepotism rules by hiring his daughter to work in a store and then paid her random bonuses. Eh, we'd say the worst crime in all that would be putting any woman in a position in which she might have to interact with Dov Charney. Just typing that feels like cause for a shower."