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American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Gets Sued Again--This Time For Defamation and Fraud

May 6, 2011

In a recent Newport Beach, California Employment Lawyer Blog, our attorneys discussed two California employment lawsuits against Dov Charney, the controversial CEO of the popular clothing store American Apparel--who is being sued for sexual harassment by four women who were all former employees of the company.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Charney was sued again last week by three of the former employees who brought one of the sexual harassment lawsuits in March--this time alleging defamation and invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit reportedly claims that after filing sexual harassment a sexual harassment lawsuit against Charney in March, former employees Irene Morales, Tesa Lubans-Dehaven, and Alyssa Ferguson noticed that fake blogs of a sexual nature started to appear on the internet that featured naked or scantily clad photos of them, and looked as if they were written by the women. Some of the blogs also made it seem that the women were admitting to an extortion scheme, which is against the law.

The ex-workers also claimed that after filing the lawsuit against American Apparel, the company released sexy photos of them to news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. Kimbra Lo, who filed the second sexual harassment lawsuit in March, and is not part of this defamation lawsuit, also had racy photos anonymously turn up in the news outlets when her case reached the height of its publicity.

Along with defamation and invasion of privacy, the new lawsuit accuses American Apparel and Charney of violating California criminal law by impersonating the former employees to inflict harm or commit fraud.

Ex-workers say American Apparel posted nude pix online, Reuters, April 27, 2011

Dov Charney's Recent Accusers Sued Him Again, New York Magazine, April 28, 2011

3 former American Apparel employees sue the firm, alleging defamation, The Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC: Sexual Harassment

Related Blog Posts:

Los Angeles Founder and CEO of American Apparel Hit with Two Sexual Harassment Suits, California Employment Lawyers Blog, March 31, 2011

"Bones" Television Star David Boreanaz Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, California Employment Lawyers Blog, March 30, 2011

Casey Affleck Settles Hollywood Sexual Harassment Lawsuits, California Employment Lawyers Blog, September 20, 2010