Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney plans lawsuit over termination

American Apparel's board of directors moved to fire controversial founder and CEO Dov Charney last week.
By Kate Stanton   |   June 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, June 22 (UPI) -- Dov Charney wants his job back.

The American Apparel founder, who was ousted over an investigation into "alleged misconduct" last week, has hired lawyer Patricia Glaser to represent him.

Glaser said Thursday in a letter to American Apparel's board of directors that Charney planned to sue the company if he doesn't get his job back.

Glaser claimed that the retailer "violated its legal and contractual obligations to Mr. Charney in numerous respects," by giving him one day to choose between resigning or being fired. She wrote that the board gave Charney a termination letter detailing "numerous false and misleading statements" against the outspoken and controversial entrepreneur.

"By presenting Mr. Charney with this absurd and unreasonable demand, the Company acted in a manner that was not merely unconscionable but illegal," Glaser said in the letter.

American Apparel's board said in a statement last week that it had decided to replace Charney after an investigation into "alleged misconduct."

American Apparel's new co-chair, Allan Mayer, said that the board of directors launched an investigation to Carney -- who has faced several sexual harassment accusations in the last decade -- when "new information came to light."

According to the New York Times, American Apparel's investigation found that the 45-year-old businessman had misused company funds.

The probe reportedly also found that Charney allowed an employee to publish naked photos of a woman who sued him for sexual harassment.

Follow @KateStan and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
Topics: Allan Mayer
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Texas reviews seismic link to fracking
Rheinmetall to build vehicle assembly plant in Algeria
Energy Department says gas prices should fall after Labor Day
Snapchat is worth $10 billion now
Minnesota military base to host solar farm
Trending News