The families of more than 1,000 Bangladeshi workers killed in the collapse of garment factory are seeking damages from U.S. retailers. J.C. Penney Co., The Children’s Place, and Wal-Mart Stores, in addition to the Republic of Bangladesh, are named as defendants in the case. The plaintiffs claim that these employers failed to ensure safe working conditions and ignored warnings from an engineer (including one the day before the collapse) that the eight story factory was uninhabitable. Many of the 1,129 people killed, and the approximately 2,515 injured, in the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, were women and children. Bangladesh has more than 5,000 garment factories and is the third-largest exporter of apparel to the U.S., handling orders for nearly all of the world’s top brands and retailers.
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