American Apparel CEO accused of attempting to 'strangle' former employee
Dov Charney, the founder and CEO of American Apparel, has found himself at the centre of yet another lawsuit.
Charney is accused of wrongful dismissal and physical assault by Michael Bumblis, the former manager of one of the company's Miami stores. It is the latest in a number of lawsuits in which Charney has been named by former employees in recent years, many of which have accused him of sexual misconduct. All previous cases have been dismissed by the courts.
In the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Bumblis claims that his issues with Charney began in April this year, when Charney accused him if working for a rival employee. During the verbal altercation, Bumblis claims Charney called him "a wannabe Jew," a "fag", and asked him inappropriate questions about his personal life.
The situation then allegedly escalated when Charney came to inspect the store Bumblis was managing and became "visibly agitated" upon noticing that a section of the store's second floor was being used as office space. In the suit, Bumblis claims Charney then "dove" at him and attempted to "choke and strangle him", before later trying to rub dirt into his face, reports the LA Times .
Bumblis' allegations have been strenuously denied by American Apparel's lawyer, Peter Schey. Schey called the claims "contrived and untrue" adding that Bumblis has also broken a clause in his contract which stated any grievances with the company should be dealt with internally, not through the courts or press.
"Michael Bumblis was recently terminated by American Apparel for reasons consistent with company policy," Schey said in a statement. "In addition to the conduct that led to his termination, Mr. Bumblis has also now violated his written agreement to arbitrate any disputes with the company."
American Apparel now plan to begin arbitration against Bumblis, and say they expect the case will be dismissed, as previous similar cases have been.
The news comes just a few days after the company's latest ads were deemed irresponsible by the ASA, something which they have come under fire for on two previous occasions.
By Bibby Sowray, Telegraph.co.uk