In December, the Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against cosmetics giant L’Oreal over alleged labor violations in the United States.
The DOJ said L’Oréal’s employees in its Philadelphia headquarters made “unsafe” labor practices that caused employees to endure “unreasonable, prolonged and unsupervised work environments,” including working 24-7 for little or no pay and limited hours.
The company agreed to pay $3.4 billion to settle the civil rights charges and is also cooperating with investigations into allegations of similar labor violations by other beauty brands.
According to the DOJ’s suit, L’Oceanéal employees were paid $8.55 an hour and were required to work an average of 20 hours per week.
The lawsuit alleged that workers “felt their work was being forced upon them by supervisors and managers, and that they were not treated with respect.”
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