Designer label Alexander McQueen is being sued by a former intern who worked for the luxury house unpaid for four months over three years ago.
Rachel Watson, the name given to her by lawyers, is claiming up to £6,415 in “lost wages” for the four months she worked unpaid at Alexander McQueen in 2009-10. Her internship included drawing artwork for embroidery, repairing embellished clothing, and dyeing large quantities of fabric.
According to the Guardian, Watson said the luxury company broke the law by not paying her the minimum wage.
Watson’s lawyer, Wessen Jazrawi, from Hausfeld & Co LLP, said that when interns do “real work under a contract”, they should be entitled to be paid at least the national minimum wage.
A spokesperson at Alexander McQueen told the paper: “We understand this relates to an intern who was with us four years ago. We had no idea until now that she had any concern about the time she spent at Alexander McQueen.
“We’ve paid close attention to the debate in this area and we now pay all our interns.”
Wessen did not respond to calls for comment.