Staff at the factory where Kylie Jenner’s makeup is done felt “degraded” after being forced to work in “horrific” conditions and even banned from watching the reality star when she visited, have affirmed former workers.
The 23-year-old reality TV star launched Kylie Jenner’s KYLIE Lip Kits six years ago before becoming Kylie Cosmetics a year later.
Spatz Laboratories in Oxnard, Calif., Have been making the cosmetics since the brand’s inception and former employee Irene Lopez says she was hired to work on the assembly line in 2016 by a temp agency.
Kylie would occasionally visit the factory, which she does not own or control, with her mother Kris Jenner to verify the manufacture of her products.
But Irene, 32, told The Sun: “Before they came our supervisors would tell us, ‘You are not allowed to talk to them, you are supposed to continue working, you are not allowed to take pictures or ask questions. “
The former employee added that Kylie would never speak to staff and watch in silence as her brilliant lineup was made in front of her eyes.
Staff at Kylie Jenner’s makeup factory said they felt “degraded” after claiming to be forced to work in “horrific” conditions. Pictured: Kylie teases the launch of a new vegan line
Kylie would occasionally visit the factory, which she does not own or control, with her mother Kris Jenner to check on how her products are made (pictured)
Another former Spatz Laboratories employee, Martha Molasco, who worked there from 2015 to 2017 after being hired by a temp agency, said there were rules for staff when Kylie visited the factory.
The 31-year-old said: “Supervisors would say, ‘Don’t talk to them, don’t even look at them.
There is no indication that Kylie or Kris gave instructions to staff or knew the rules.
Irene said she felt “degraded” during her time with the company and that staff were required to fill out quotes for up to 1,200 products each day.
The 23-year-old launched Kylie Jenner’s KYLIE Lip Kits six years ago before being renamed Kylie Cosmetics a year later (pictured at the factory)
She said: “The supervisors I had there had been very degrading to everyone. Everything had to be done perfectly and if it wasn’t they would throw it in your face like it was rubbish. If you weren’t going fast enough, you were going to get fired.
The former employee said she was often left in tears after being reprimanded for not being quick enough on the production line.
She once claims her supervisor threw all of her finished products in the trash, forcing her to start all over again.
Irene claims she was supposed to produce the popular makeup items after being trained for only “five minutes” and was “verbally threatened” and “degraded” if she asked her superiors questions.
Staff were told they could be fired from minimum wage work and replaced by someone else from the temp agency, she said.
Spatz Laboratories (pictured) in Oxnard, Calif., Have been making cosmetics since the brand’s inception
Martha said the physical labor left her with medical issues with throbbing pain from her hand to her elbow after working 12 hours from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. while standing in the factory.
Irene said she worked eight-hour shifts, but often had to come on weekends for fear of being made redundant.
The single mother-of-two said she struggled to find babysitting on weekends but still had to come or threatened with losing her job.
Irene also claimed she had to endure “horrific” factory conditions where she said workers were crowded with staff unable to move for each other.
Meanwhile, Martha said she had to endure cold conditions in the winter and sweltering heat in the summer months.
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Irene no longer works at the factory but said current employees told her the conditions were the same.
Online reviews from other disgruntled employees paint a similar picture of the Spatz factories.
One said, “People have to go through an employment agency to find a job there so the company has no problem firing you if you can’t work 10 shifts. at 12 noon HR don’t care if you are a hard worker or not, if you are not part of the company they don’t care about your opinion or concerns, if you are a stranger they put forward this huge forehead as if all was well.
“The people I spoke to didn’t like the job, I mean this place is a mess. I’m surprised he doesn’t stop. I would give this place 0 star but that option is not there. ‘
Another scathing review on Indeed from 2019 said: “If you’re looking to get the minimum, work like a dog, 50 hours a week during the holiday season just so you can get laid off afterwards or get four hours a day when that. is not seasonal, so go ahead. Management only wants numbers.
Former employees have also filed complaints with the California labor commissioner’s office, according to The Sun.
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MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Kylie, parent company Coty, Spatz Labs and the makeup brand.
Last week, Kylie opened up about her beauty brand which is now valued at $ 1.2 billion.
The ‘origin story’ video was made as the star relaunched her lip kits with vegan ingredients today.
“I was 17 when I started Kylie Cosmetics,” she began. “It’s weird that this is my life now, come to think of it, makeup is just part of my DNA. ”
“When I was younger I had an insecurity with my lips,” she said. She became obsessed with makeup and how to make her lips bigger. She also said that was when she started to “highlight” her lips.
“I have temporary lip fillers and it was insecure for me and that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.