According to an expose by The Guardian, female workers at a factory in Bangladesh that makes leggings for Lululemon are alleging physical and emotional abuse by their employers.
Per the article, the brand is “sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted.”
The whistleblowing workers “gave detailed accounts of how they… faced physical violence and regular humiliation at the hands of their managers, who called them ‘whores’ and ‘sluts.’” Workers were also allegedly slapped, forced to work while sick, and paid less in a month than a single pair of Lululemon’s ubiquitous leggings costs at retail.
Lululemon, for its part, said that they would immediately launch an investigation into the allegations, noting that there’s “a strict code of practice” in place, and that they do not “tolerate any violations” of said code.
Of course, this is coming from a company that willingly manufactures in a “range of developing countries where [labor] is cheaper,” so your incredulity is warranted.
You can read more about it at The Guardian.