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Former Intern Sues Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is being sued by a former intern who worked at the fashion house almost four years claiming that the upscale brand broke the law and did not pay her the minimum wage. Rachel Watson - a false name given to her by lawyers - is claiming up to £6,415 in "lost wages". "I quickly realised I was being exploited," she said via a statement through her lawyer. "How could I confront my employer at the time when they held all the cards to my future in the industry?" Watson took on the internship after she saw he saw "almost no other way into the fashion industry" but approached campaign group Intern Aware who helped file her case last Friday. She had interned at the company in 2009 and 2010 where she drew embroidery artwork, repaired embellishment pieces and dyed fabric for the fashion label. Alexander McQueen did not hesitate to respond quickly to the lawsuit and a spokesperson for the label released the following statement: "We understand this relates to an intern who was with us four years ago. We had no idea until now that she had any concern about the time she spent at Alexander McQueen. We've paid close attention to the debate in this area and we now pay all our interns. We support and encourage young creative talent and offer a window into what is a fiercely competitive, but rewarding industry."  

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