H&M slammed for allegedly firing factory workers while pregnant

H&M slammed for allegedly firing factory workers while pregnant

The women responsible for the creation of high street favourite H&M’s affordable wares are reportedly working in exploitive conditions, even being fired when pregnant.

A new report from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance found alleged evidence of widespread exploitation of workers across India and Cambodia – Broadly reports.

The report collates interviews with 251 workers in H&M supplier factories, and alleges numerous violations of international best practice in labour standards.

The survey paints a grim picture of life for the Asian and predominantly female workforce that stitches the cut-price clothing.

The report alleges that employees from 11 out of 12 factories in Cambodia reported witnessing or experiencing termination of employment during pregnancy.

All 50 workers surveyed from Indian supplier factories also told investigators that women were routinely fired from their jobs during pregnancies.

Meanwhile, sexual harassment in the workplace is allegedly commonplace—in Cambodia alone, workers from nine out of 12 factories reported experiencing it in their workplaces.

Almost all the factories in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh employed people on short-term contracts of one to three months, meaning that anyone who stepped out of line - for example, by asking for sick days, refusing overtime or being late - might not have their contract renewed.

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