Fuentes factory agrees to follow labor laws

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MILWAUKEE -- A Guatemalan factory that makes some of Daisy Fuentes' clothing for Kohl's Corp. has agreed to make changes following allegations it was a sweatshop, a workers' rights group said Thursday.

The National Labor Committee issued a report on the Fribo factory last month, saying workers told a related group they are humiliated and forced to work unpaid overtime.

Kohl's pulled some of the Fuentes' line from its stores and online after learning of the allegations. P.A. Group LLC, the company that hires the factory to make Fuentes' clothing, had said changes needed to be made before it would do business with the factory again.

After that, the factory in rural Santa Maria Cauque de Sacatepequez agreed to comply with labor laws, the NLC said. P.A. Group will renew its business with the factory and, possibly, seek more once the changes are made, it said.

Fuentes' line of clothing, shoes and sleepwear is sold exclusively by Kohl's.

Kohl's, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., stressed that it does not oversee production. A message left seeking comment from Kohl's on Thursday was not immediately returned.

P.A. Group said it had nothing to add to its earlier comment that the allegations were a concern.

The NLC said the factory owner, a South Korean national, has agreed to weekly inspections by CEADEL, the Center for Studies and Support of Labor Development in Guatemala, which told NLC of workers' complaints.
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