Worker Deaths at Factory for Hilfiger Clothes

ABC News investigates allegations that 500 died making clothes for U.S. brands.
2:35 | 03/21/12

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ABC news investigation chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross heard that nearly 500 garment workers had died making clothes for some of America's biggest brands. So several months ago he decided to look more deeply into this and tonight. Brings us lifesaving results here's -- -- It's classic American designs have made Tommy Hilfiger -- fashion icon and a wealthy man. Even as he has been far removed from the cruel reality that places her clothes are made for as little as 22 cents an hour. Often and factories that are unsafe. And leading to serious injury and sometimes death for workers. In places like Bangladesh and southeast where 500 workers have died in the last five years from garment factory fires. Little over a year ago 29 people were killed at this factory which manufactures for -- -- for and many other. Workers were trapped and upper floors some jumped to their deaths labor rights groups say some exits had been locked to prevent -- At the time there were promises of big changes yet ABC news found that the company that owns this that. Continues to make clothes for -- -- as well as gap and Kohl's when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is. They don't do it. When we found Hilfiger backstage at Fashion Week in New York. He had first falsely claimed his company had already pulled out of Bangladesh because of the bad condition and we will. -- in the news factories ever again. And then security guards were told to escort us off the Fashion Week premise. Yeah. Did you hands off the here. But within days we got an apology from Hilfiger. And the real story about his company's presence in Bangladesh where did make a mistake and telling you that I would. Imagined -- be pulling out of all of Bangladesh one fact that wasn't true what is true is that health orders company and others rely heavily on the Bangladesh factories which continue to offer. The cheapest -- later in the war. Today in a landmark -- -- with Hilfiger and this company Phillips Van Heusen. Announced they will put up as much as two million dollars to pay for an independent fire inspector in Bangladesh. And support new and -- safety standards something they had refused to do before our investigation. Get says it too is negotiating a similar agreement. Bottom line Diane -- -- have to die making clothes and Hilfiger put up. Two million dollars let's just two million from independent spectacle and make sure those places are not -- OK thank you so much Brian.

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