Ivanka Trump’s Footwear Line Is Under Fire for Alleged Sweatshop Conditions

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Ivanka Trump’s eponymous label is under fire again, this time for allegedly mistreating the workers in its shoe factory. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty

This shoe doesn’t fit. Ivanka Trump‘s eponymous line is under fire again, this time for allegedly subjecting the workers in the shoe factory it utilizes to unbearable conditions.

According to U.S. customs data available on the ImportGenius database and first reported by Racked, Trump, 34, has had more than 130,000 pounds of Ivanka Trump–branded shoes made at the Xuankai Footwear Ltd. in China’s Pearl River Delta. That’s not problematic in itself, save for the fact that the factory’s employees are claiming that they’ve been subjected to multiple workplace indignities, according to Racked. The short list? Up to 16-hour work days, delayed wage payments and severely low overtime rates.

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The records show that the Ivanka Trump label used the factory as recently as 2014 through a licensing agreement with Marc Fisher, which also produces Guess and Tommy Hilfiger shoes. None of the brands, nor the factory, have commented as of yet.

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Workers on a production line at the Huajian shoe factory, where about 100,000 pairs of Ivanka Trump–branded shoes have been made over the years amongst other brands, in Dongguan, in south China’s Guangdong province. GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty

That said, Racked conducted employee interviews at more than a half-dozen factories that have produced products for both Trump and her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. While the workers at Xuankai were dissatisfied, most of the other factories, also based in China, boasted satisfied employees and no legal violations.

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Ivanka Trump with her father, Donald. Jeff Swensen/Getty

This isn’t the only time Ivanka’s brand has come under fire. In April the label had to recall a line of scarves for posing a burn risk. Then in June, she and Marc Fisher were sued by Aquazzura for creating and selling a shoe that looked uncannily like its fringed Wild Thing sandal.

Of course, all of that pales in comparison to the controversy currently surrounding her father. The real estate mogul turned politician, 70, has been hit with multiple claims of sexual abuse from women of all ages. The allegations come on the heels of the leaked video tape that shows Donald bragging about groping women’s genitals.

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