Charming Shoppes, Inc.

December 22 2005

Lane Bryant, Inc. has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court against Charming Shoppes, Inc., the company that operates the Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine's stores. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of persons who worked for these stores in Washington State from February, 2002 through the present, and who were required to purchase clothes from their employer to wear to work. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants had a practice and policy requiring employees at its Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine's stores to purchase, at their own expense, clothing to be worn while at work. The suit alleges that this practice and policy reduced the pay of employees below the minimum wage required by Washington law, and violated Washington's "wearing apparel statute," which prohibits employers from changing the styles or colors of clothing to be worn by employees except once every two years. The lawsuit seeks certification of a class of all employees who worked for Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, or Catherine's at any time from February, 2002 through the present, and reimbursement to employees for the money paid for the required clothes.

The lawsuit has been brought by the Seattle law firm of Connor & Chung, PLLC.

Register your Charming Shoppes, Inc. Complaint

If you worked at one of these three stores in the state of Washington and were forced to purchase your employer's clothing, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in this class action lawsuit. Please fill in the form to the right to submit your complaint.

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