Kristina Kubiliene, represented by the law firm Slater and Gordon, alleges that “working for long periods and with heavy tissue” as well as “repetitive, awkward and sustained movements” allowed the syndrome to develop.
She is represented by lawyer specializing in occupational diseases, Natasha Moyeed, who said that Ms. Kubiliene had worked at the label between November 2011 and August 2019 and that she enjoyed her work.
However, she added, “She was a pattern cutter and very good at this job, but because she was good, she was tasked with working for long periods of time and with heavy fabrics. It was these clumsy, repetitive and sustained movements that caused carpal tunnel syndrome to advance rapidly in the hands and wrists.
“The last time I saw her, she could barely open her purse. She is unable to work and had to have surgery to have any type of movement in her hands. “
Ms. Moyeed then described the intricacies of Ms. Kubiliene’s role, which included lifting rolls of fabric weighing between 20 and 35 kg and shrinking the fabric with a “very heavy” industrial iron, taking between 30 and 60 minutes.
She also had to cut the fabric, “which requires significant pressure and precision by holding with her left hand and cutting with her right.”
It would take about three hours, depending on the garment in question.
Moyeed continued, “Normally, she worked from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but twice a year for two weeks, she attended New York Fashion Week.
“For a month in advance, his workload increased to 15 hours a day, seven days a week, without breaks or regular rest. During these periods, her hands and wrists were so painful that she needed pain relievers to work.
“Victoria Beckham Limited has not put in place measures to deal with Kristina and to prevent this from happening. “
Mirror Online contacted Victoria representatives for comments.
When contacted, Slater and Gordon said documents were served on Victoria Beckham Limited yesterday, which means that the proceedings are at a very early stage.
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Moyeed added: “Last year Kristina had an operation to relieve her carpal tunnel syndrome. She was unable to work after the surgery. She left her role because she was unable to return to work.
“She is still unable to work and has such a weak grip that she needs help around the house to perform basic tasks.
“We don’t know when, if ever, she can return to a similar position, or any other type of job.
“Kristina does not wish to make any further comments at this time. “