Kylie Jenner's lip kits have gone down a storm. The popularity was momentous, withseveral new shades being added to the range. But according to new reports, some of the employees making the lip kits at California factory, Spatz Laboratories, are describing the working conditions as comparable to a "sweat shop".
You'd have hoped, with all the millions she's making from the product, that Kylie might have wanted to invest a little more money into the working environment for the people who make her prized product.
The claims came via the website indeed.com, which allows employees to comment freely and anonymously about various places of work. And the Spratz Laboratories page is quite frankly shocking.
One review, dated February 24th of this year, described the "early morning shifts" and "long hours" workers were subjected to, noting that the staff " turn over rate was high"; while another brought to light how little workers were paid, and described the environment as "uncomfortable". That particular employee also entitled their review: "Sweat Shop".
Another reviewer labelled the factory and "unclean work environment," with someone else corroborating this claim, writing: "Oily floors. Dangerous place to work. Smells of gases. Dirty atmosphere."
And one other staff member explained that "expectations were unrealistically high for new hires, if you did not meet the standards you were fired."
All in all, not the most pleasant of work places by the sounds of it. And Radar Online*, looking into the accusations, also discovered that the laboratory was cited for a number of issues by the American Food and Drug Association, although this was back in 2006.
The average rating out of 5 for the Spratz Laboratories does appear to be 3 on indeed.com, but surely the staff comments should be paid attention to. It's about time we started ensuring we value the labour of workers, no matter where on the industry 'food chain' they are.