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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday (10 July) immediately ordered the closure of a garment unit run by Dov Charney-owned Los Angeles Apparel, after the factory was found guilty of health violations.
Following deaths of 3 garment workers last month, Los Angeles Apparel reported another death in July, which, reportedly, prompted an investigation into the matter.
Citing the death of workers as tragic, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said that it is a moral and social responsibility of business owners and operators to provide a safe and healthy workplace to all its workers.
After the Department of Health received notification on 19 June that there was outbreak of cases in the factory, it asked for a list of all employees from the factory, which the factory could not provide.
The inspectors from the Department of Health visited the factory on 26 June and found that lot of social distancing rules were violated – which also included a cardboard being used as a separator between workers. The factory was asked to immediately shut down.
The factory was then given a set of instructions to be strictly followed.
Finally on 4 July, the factory provided the Department of Health with an incomplete list of employees with 198 positive cases reported.
The Department of Health then compared this list with laboratory results and found that over 300 employees had contracted the deadly virus, with 1 casualty. The factory was again asked to shut down.
However, Los Angeles Apparel violated all orders and reopened the factory with new employees. There have been also reports of factory even blocking health inspectors from the entering the factory.
The Department of Health, in its latest order, asked the factory to shut down until it can show that it is in full compliance with public health mandates.
Founded in 2016 by Dov Charney, Los Angeles Apparel is a prominent manufacturer, designer and distributor of apparels that has over 350 employees. It specialises in the making of T-shirts, sweatshirts and swimwear, among others.