… like a rich ex-beauty queen whose views, according to a recent court filing, conflict with federal and state law.
Below (and copy here) is the federal court complaint filed by workers last week against fashion designer and former Miss Ecuador Gabriela Cadena, her company, and other defendants for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. The case is Oyola et al. v. Gabriela Cadena LLC et al., 13 Civ 4492.
Plaintiffs allege that while employed by Ms. Cadena and/or her companies, defendants engaged in unlawful conduct, such as failing to pay wages, failing to pay overtime, failing to provide required notices, misclassifying plaintiffs as independent contractors, and retaliating against plaintiffs for complaining.
Specifically, plaintiffs allege that after they complained Cadena reacted with “demonstrable irritation”, encouraged her sales director to call the sewers “fucking lazy and worthless”, and required them to eat lunch on the fire escape when she was in the office.
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