Victory: Victoria’s Secret pays $8.3 million dollars in wage theft settlement


As noted in this recent article in The Guardian, More than 1,000 fired Thai garment workers who made bras at a factory supplying lingerie to Victoria’s Secret received a landmark $8.3m settlement. Brilliant Alliance Thai closed down its Samut Prakan factory in March 2021 after going bankrupt.

The 1,250 laid-off workers – many of who had worked at the factory for more than a decade – did not receive severance payouts mandated under Thai law.

“If a brand calls themself a leader for women, it’s going to cause people to look more closely at the things they do to women,” Sarah Newell of Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network and Partners for Dignity & Rights told Al Jazeera.

Image courtesy of The Textile Garment And Leather Workers’ Federation of Thailand