Dov Charney, the founder of American clothing line American Apparel, was fired last night by the company's board of directors terminating his employment as President and CEO, according to Business Wire.
The Board said that their decision came from the ongoing investigations into Charney's misconduct. Dov Charney founded the clothing line in 1989, and took it public in 2006. His time as CEO has been littered with scandals and controversy:
- Charney was repeatedly accused of sexual harassment and assault. The accusations included forcing an employee to perform oral sex, and one employee who claimed he kept her as a sex slave. Charney responded that the lawsuits were a "testimony to his success."
- American Apparel has been criticized for a company policy that allegedly hires employees based on how attractive they are. Dov Charney, according to a store manager, requested that any "ugly people" be fired.
- Dov Charney was accused of throwing dirt at an employee in a 2012 lawsuit that also claimed he used racial slurs at his employees.
Directors David Danzinger and Allen Mayer will succeed Charney as the company's co-chairmen of the board. Until the board finds a replacement for Charney, executive vice president and chief financial officer John Luttrell will serve as interim CEO.