American Apparel to dismiss 1,500 workers who do not have the necessary papers

American Apparel is to dismiss approximately 1500 workers who do not have valid papers.
American Apparel Inc will be dismissing 1,500 factory workers who were unable to prove their U.S. immigration status or rectify problems with their employment records, the Los Angeles Times said on Thursday.

The job cuts come two months after the clothing manufacturer and retailer reported that the U.S. government inspection revealed that it had approximately 1,600 workers who did not appear to be authorized to work in the US.

"There are approximately 1,500 workers facing termination during the month of September," the paper quoted Peter Schey, a lawyer for American Apparel, as saying.

The paper quoted American Apparel Chief Executive Dov Charney as telling the affected employees in a letter that they would be "given priority treatment" for positions as soon as they get their immigration papers in order.

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