A new investigative report has uncovered some profoundly unflattering claims about the business practices of fast fashion outlet Fashion Nova.

As explained early into a fresh New York Times piece by Natalie Kitroeff, the federal Labor Department says that “many Fashion Nova garments” are put together by employees in the U.S. who are paid “illegally low” wages.

Citing investigations that went down starting in 2016 and continued until 2019, Fashion Nova had clothes being constructed in as many as dozens of factories owing millions in back wages. Sewers, in some instances, were paid as little as $2.77 per hour.

Fashion Nova reps, per the Times report, met with federal officials following repeated violations of wage requirements. In a statement included in the Monday-published investigation, a company rep said any assessment of Fashion Nova as being responsible for underpaying workers was “categorically false.”

The report also includes comments from owners and workers, many of whom alleged that Fashion Nova pushed to achieve the “lowest price possible” for each garment with the added stress of a fast turnaround expectation.

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