Pages from a report released from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium, photographed in Washington, Thursday, August 15, 2019. The report from labor rights groups says women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place in several African factories faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)

Report: Levi's, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused

August 15, 2019 - 9:01 am

A report from labor rights groups says women sewing blue jeans for Levi's, Wrangler, Lee and The Children's Place in several African factories faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs.

The report released Thursday from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium says the brands have agreed to bring in outside oversight and enforcement for more than 10,000 workers at five factories in Lesotho, a poor, mountainous kingdom encircled by South Africa.

The labor rights group investigated Taiwan-based Nien Hsing (NEE'-en shing) Textile factories in Lesotho after hearing from several sources that women who sew, sand, wash and add rivets to blue jeans were facing gender-based violence.

The U.S. companies say they want workers to feel safe. The Taiwan-based company has agreed to develop a code of conduct.

AP Editorial Categories: 
Comments ()