Gucci Faces Allegations of ‘Inhuman’ Working Conditions at Their China Store

A saleswoman waits for the customers at a luxury Gucci fashion boutique in Beijing on September 5, 2010. China has vowed to make it easier to import goods into its huge market as Beijing seeks to address controversial trade surpluses with its trading partners, a report said on September 6.    AFP PHOTO / LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Gucci store in China. Photo: Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Gucci announced today that they're trying to address some disturbing allegations about their company's working conditions in China, which were made by former employees via an open letter published in a Chinese newspaper. WWD reports:

The state-owned Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that five employees in a Gucci flagship located in the southern city of Shenzhen wrote an open letter that outlines workplace grievances, including 100 rules that regulate employee behavior. Such rules include having to ask permission before going to the bathroom and drinking water.

Gucci Acts on Employee Allegations [WWD]