SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A Fil-Am group is crying foul over derogatory statements against Filipinos allegedly made by former American Apparel CEO and founder Dov Charney.
American Apparel recently filed court documents that detailed evidence of why they fired Charney last year.
This was in response to a defamation lawsuit Charney brought against American Apparel last month.
American Apparel’s internal investigation found that Charney told some Filipino workers that they were “Filipino pigs…with your faces in the trough.”
He also reportedly told his Filipino staff he would be their Ferdinand Marcos and he will tell them what to do.
The internal investigation found that he not only violated the company’s anti-discrimination policies, he was also sued for sexually harassing his employees.
American Apparel has not issued a statement beyond the recent court filing.
In reaction to these discriminating statements allegedly made by Charney, the San Francisco-based Westbay Pilipino Multi-Service Center is considering a class action suit against Charney and American Apparel.
The group says these derogatory statements were allegedly made by Charny while he was working for the company.
“If Filipinos allow attacks like this, racial profiling attacks, to go unanswered, then it’s open season on other Filipino workers,” Rodel Rodis, legal counsel for West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, said. “So if we set the stage here and say there will be consequences to what you said about Filipinos, then that’s a shout across the board to other employers”
They are also calling on all kababayans to boycott American Apparel products and requesting that the heads of the company meet with them to discuss ethical practices.
If American Apparel does not meet with them, the group says it is prepared to file a lawsuit on behalf of all former and current Filipino employees of American Apparel who were subjected to this discrimination.
“You cannot continue now without consulting our community on how to do your best practices,” West Bay Executive Director Vivian Zalvidea Araullo said. “We need input. This is one of the ways that you can make amends. So, come here to San Francisco. We’ll meet you.”