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Kohl's pulls some clothes from stores

July 08, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Kohl's Corp. removed some styles of its Daisy Fuentes clothing line after learning of allegations that the Guatemalan factory where the clothes are made is a sweatshop, where workers are humiliated and forced to work unpaid overtime.

The National Labor Committee, a New York-based workers rights group, issued a report after learning of complaints by employees at the Fribo factory in rural Santa Maria Cauque de Sacatepequez.

Kohl's, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., has pulled only a few styles of the merchandise from its stores and online, spokeswoman Vicki Shamion said. Kohl's buys the merchandise from P.A. Group and does not oversee production, she said.

Since the report was issued, the Guatemalan factory agreed to comply with labor laws and to allow weekly inspections, the workers group said.

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