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Uniqlo accused of overworking employees

Uniqlo accused of overworking employees

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) The Taipei City government has found that three employees of Japanese clothes brand Uniqlo worked excessive hours in September after it received complaints that staffers were being overworked at the brand's stores, officials said Monday. The Labor Standards Inspection Office under the city's Department of Labor said it inspected Uniqlo stores on Oct. 21 and Nov. 3 after receiving complaints from employees of the Japanese casual wear giant on Oct. 4. During the inspections, three of the employees at the brand's store in Ming Yao Department Store were found to have worked over 12 to 15 hours on some days in September, but the city did not specify how many days the employees were overworked. The company will have seven days to explain the situation after receiving a formal notice from the office, which will decide within 15 days whether Uniqlo should be punished, it said. Violations of Article 79 of the Labor Standards Act can result in a fine ranging from NT$20,000 (US$664) to NT$300,000, the office said. When asked by reporters about the apparently illegal practices, Liu Yi-shan of the company's public relations department said the company was trying to understand the situation. "We were shocked by the news," she said. Liu said she could not comment further on the city's findings until it received formal notice from the city government. (Lin Shu-yuan and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-03-08 10:02 GMT+08:00