American Apparel to Lose 10 Percent of Workforce

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About two months ago, government officials found that 1,600 American Apparel employees weren't authorized to work in the U.S. A lawyer for the company now says about 1,500 face termination this month as a result — or about 10 percent of the company's entire staff. This makes Dov Charney very sad, according to the L.A. Times:

"Many of you have been with me for so many years, and I just cry when I think that so many people will be leaving the company," he wrote. "It is my belief that immigrants bring prosperity to any economy."

Charney told the workers facing termination they'd get priority for rehire if they can get their papers straightened out. Charney may weep over losing them, but it's purely out of personal connection and deep-rooted feelings, not losing money. A lawyer for American Apparel said the loss won't have a "significant impact" on the brand's productivity, because no one's shopping so they have a bunch of merchandise lying around anyway and don't need any more. Also, demand isn't increasing, so they don't feel pressured to churn out more bags o' scraps, which is now a real thing you can buy there. At least if the economy suddenly bounces back while the workforce is depleted, bags o' sCRAPs are pretty easy to make.

American Apparel to dismiss 1,500 factory workers [LAT]