Get Your Fresh Intelligence Daily

SUBMIT
Exclusive

Manufacturer The Kardashians Used Paid Workers 8 Cents Per Shirt: Report

//kris jenner kim kardashian sweatshops china splash

Dec. 21 2011, Updated 6:00 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

By Radar Staff

A clothing manufacturer once used by the Kardashians to produce one of their branded lines paid its Chinese workers a paltry 8 cents per garment, an investigation by a leading human rights advocacy group uncovered.

The allegations about Kardashian products in this post have nothing to do with their products sold at Sears.

China Labor Watch, a nonprofit organization fighting sweatshops in the Communist regime, released the startling findings of their probe, titled 'Investigation of China’s Clothing and Apparel Industry: Excessive Overtime, Student Workers and Exploitative Wage Systems' -- which you can read here.

Article continues below advertisement

The investigation into Bebe, who the Kardashians used to manufacture a branded clothing line, handbags and jewelry with in 2010 --  ran from July to August, this year.

Despite the Kardashians' denials that factories they've used are "strictly policed" and there are no human rights violations, the organization found workers -- predominately students -- were paid based on a piece-rate wage system.

At the company's Zhejiang Cathaya Clothing Factory, investigators posing undercover as factory workers uncovered that staff were required to iron a total of 1,600 t-shirts each day, with each laborer having to iron between 270 and 400 pieces of clothes.

That amounts to about $21 per day.

And according to China Labor Watch, staff were routinely working 12 hours a day and six days a week.

That equates to $1.75 per hour.

According to the findings, violations at the factory include:

* The piece-rate wage system employed at the factory all but requires workers to work ‘overtime’ to support themselves.

* This system does not even provide extra pay per unit made during overtime hours, which would seem to be in clear violation of labor laws.

Article continues below advertisement

* As a result of the piece-rate wage system, workers often work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Some workers even work 15 to 16 hours a day. Investigators saw these workers start work at 8 a.m. and finish it at 11:30 p.m.

* Salaries are not calculated with a base wage.

As Star magazine reported in a world exclusive, the Kardashians - who made $65 million last year - use conditions like "slave labor" and turn a blind eye to shocking working conditions.

Advertisement

© Copyright 2021 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.