Sweatshops Caroline Boozer, Julia Glasscott, Alex Dominguez, Carly Henkel, Morgan Johnson, & Ashley Barrette


  • International Athletic clothing and shoe company
  • Accused of "selling out" American labor, running sweatshops, and exploiting poor workers
  • HR team deployed to visit five overseas factories

Case 6.1

  • Average wage $30 for a six day week (55 hours).
  • Working Conditions: poor ventilation, 98 degree temperatures, humid, limited if any access to clean water
  • No posted company code of conduct
  • Women 16-22 years old, kids as young as 13 years old.


  • Sweatshops: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
  • Following the great expansion of the garment industry in the 19th century, the number of sweatshops increased dramatically.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911
  • New York State Factory Investigating Commission

Fashion Industry


  • Wages: Raise to American minimum wage
  • Working Conditions: Require factories to comply with OSHA standards
  • Age of Workers: Require additional safety standards for jobs issued to 13 & 14 year olds

Biblical Perspective

  • “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
  • “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:9
  • “For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:14
  • “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28


  • Are companies who contract with sweatshop manufacturers doing anything wrong?
  • Now that you have heard our conclusion, what thoughts do you have?

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