New Case Brief: Varsity Pro (El Salvador)
October 27, 2020
I write to share with you a new case brief from the WRC concerning findings of labor rights violations and subsequent remedial action at Varsity Pro, a factory located in El Salvador that produces collegiate licensed apparel for Varsity Brands and non-licensed apparel for adidas and Under Armour.
The WRC’s investigation determined that the factory violated Salvadoran law and university codes of conduct when, as part of a larger layoff, it fired seven employee union leaders who were protected by law from dismissal.
Varsity Pro responded positively to the WRC’s findings and, on September 30, the employee union leaders returned to work and received the appropriate payment of back wages. The WRC recognizes Varsity Pro’s willingness to remedy the violations of university codes of conduct that the WRC identified. Throughout the process, the factory demonstrated its willingness to review the WRC’s findings and take the necessary remedial actions.
I welcome your questions or comments with regard to our engagement with this supplier of collegiate licensed products.