Reports have surfaced that a Gucci flagship store in China has been treating its workers poorly. The five former employees who lodged complaints against the company said they were forced to follow strict, inhumane rules.
Employees worked long hours without pay and had a five minute limit in the restroom. One female employee revealed that all workers, including pregnant women, were forced to stand on their feet for sometimes more than ten hours a day. Workers were not even allowed to get a drink of water without the approval of a supervisor.
Gucci’s China office responded to the allegations by announcing that employee welfare has always been a top priority for the company. They also said an investigation of the complaints is going to be launched and the situation will be dealt with properly. A former manager at the brand’s Beijing office admitted that it was common for employees to be mistreated. However, the manager also mentioned that the “problems are not associated with the brand. Rather, they were caused by the mismanagement of Gucci’s China branch.”
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