Gap Wants Yeezy Held Responsible After Former Employee Claims She Worked 21-Hour Days Amid Retailer’s Collab w/ Kanye West
Kanye West’s former business relationship with Gap continues to make headlines.
According to RadarOnline, Gap wants to be dismissed from a lawsuit filed by former Yeezy employee Maya Stewart where she accused the clothing retailer of improper conditions in the workplace. The company has denied all claims in the case.
As you may know, Gap Inc. — which is reportedly the largest specialty retailer in the United States — partnered with Yeezy owner Kanye West in 2020 to sell his clothing wear at more affordable prices. However, in 2022, Gap cut ties with the rapper over his antisemitic remarks.
Stewart was reportedly hired by Yeezy and Gap as an Accessories Developer in 2021 and first complained about the working conditions in the spring of that year. According to the lawsuit, Stewart complained to the head of Yeezy Gap as well as other executives about the failure to pay wages timely, overtime, business expenses, meal and rest break violations.
However, Stewart alleged that after she complained her pay was reduced from $60 per hour to $50 per hour. She suspected the adjustment was an act of retaliation. She then asked for her unpaid overtime wages. As a result, she claimed they didn’t pay her for a June 2021 invoice and then “further failed to pay” her any overtime compensation.
Allegedly, Stewart worked between 50-80 hours per week, and in her final week on the job — before she said she was wrongfully terminated — she worked 21 hours per day. Reportedly, her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the alleged humiliation shame, despair, embarrassment, depression, mental pain, and anguish she suffered due to the defendant’s actions.
In new court documents, a lawyer for Gap argued the clothing company had done nothing wrong. In the filing, it said that Stewart’s claims were not allowed because she,
“failed to use ordinary care and diligence in the performance of her duties, failed to comply substantially with the reasonable directions of Gap Defendants, and failed to exercise a reasonable degree of skill in performing her job duties.”
Furthermore, Gap said it was not Stewart’s employer and couldn’t be held responsible for any claims against Yeezy. The company also asked for permission to go after Yeezy for any compensation owed to Stewart.
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