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Dov Charney
The West 100
Our list of the most powerful people in Southern California
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2006

Dov Charney
Founder and CEO, American Apparel; 37, Los Angeles

He's gotten into some hot water for creating a sexually charged atmosphere at his company, but this outspoken advocate for immigrant rights has made his mark in a more profound way as well: He has shown that you can compensate your workers decently and still compete in the local garment business. Charney's downtown L.A. factory is the largest single apparel plant in the nation, employing 3,800 workers, the vast majority of whom are Latino. He pays an average of $12.50 an hour, and many of his workers purchase cheap, company-subsidized health insurance and enjoy other perks.
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