Photo courtesy of American Apparel

Workplace sex by the controversial head of American Apparel, accounting difficulties and bankruptcy all combined to end 20 years of success, but out-of-work employees who were never involved in the actions of their bosses got a bit of good news Thursday.

Six hundred workers recently laid off after the demise of clothing manufacturer American Apparel will be retrained as part of a $3 million state grant awarded to the city of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department and the county’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services.

The California Employment Development Department grant will help workers with limited employment and English language skills with vocational training, computer skills training and English language proficiency classes.

“These funds will help those workers who lost jobs rebuild their skills and find long-term employment in growing industries,” EDD Director Patrick W. Henning said.

In January, American Apparel laid off 3,000 employees from its downtown Los Angeles, La Mirada, and South Gate locations after some assets were bought out of bankruptcy by Gildan, a Canadian apparel company.

American Apparel made headlines for some time as it was hit by a number of sex harassment lawsuits after alleged actions by its controversial founder.

—City News Service

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