Victoria Beckham refutes claims of negligence at her fashion house after former employee says she developed carpel tunnel syndrome from working long hours during fashion week
- Victoria Beckham hit back at claims of negligence at her fashion company
- Kristina Kubiliene, 54, is suing the fashion designer, 46, for at last £75,000
- Former employee claims she developed the condition after working long hours
Victoria Beckham has hit back at claims of negligence at her fashion company after it was revealed a former pattern cutter was taking legal action against the businesswoman after developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Kristina Kubiliene, 54, is suing the former Spice Girl, 46, for at least £75,000 after claiming she developed the condition from working 15 hour days for seven days a week during fashion week.
She also claimed she was left unable to work and needing surgery to have any kind of movement in her hands after spending long hors cutting out fabric samples at the brand’s Hammersmith studio.
However Beckham has now refuted allegations of negligence and said Ms Kubiliene failed to ask for help when lifting fabric rolls which weighed up to 15kg, according to legal documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.
Victoria Beckham has hit back at claims of negligence at her fashion company after it was revealed that a former pattern cutter was taking legal action against her
The mother-of-four, who founded her fashion label Victoria Beckham Ltd in 2008, also argued that the medical reports detailing Ms Kubiliene’s condition showed that her hands began to swell two years before she stated working for her company.
Earlier this year, Ms Kubiliene, who worked at the firm for eight years, claimed her time at the company had left her barely able to open a handbag.
Slater and Gordon industrial disease lawyer Natasha Moyeed is representing Kristina Kubiliene.
Speaking about her client’s case in April Ms Moyeed said: ‘She was a pattern cutter and very good at this job, but because she was good she was tasked with working for long periods and with heavy fabrics.
‘It was these repetitive, awkward and sustained movements which cause carpel tunnel syndrome to advance rapidly in hands and wrists.
‘When I last saw her she could barely open her handbag. She is unable to work and has had to undergo surgery to have any kind movement in her hands.
‘Her job involved lifting rolls of fabric, weighing 20 to 35kg, then laying out and pinning the fabric to patterns.
‘Once pinned she would shrink the fabric with an industrial iron, again very heavy. This procedure would take 30 to 60 minutes. Next she would cut the fabric, which required significant pressure and accuracy holding with her left hand and cutting with her right. This task took up to three hours depending on the garment.
The mother-of-four (pictured with husband David), who founded her fashion label Victoria Beckham Ltd in 2008, said Ms Kubiliene’s should have asked for help when lifting fabric rolls
‘Normally she worked 10am to 6pm, but twice a year for two weeks she attended New York Fashion Week. For a month beforehand her workload increased to up to 15 hours a day, seven days a week, without regular breaks or rest. During these times her hands and wrists were so sore she needed painkillers to work.’
The lawyer added that Victoria Beckham Limited failed to implement measures to prevent the long-term injury.
Earlier this year Victoria Beckham abandoned plans to seek a government bailout to furlough 30 members of staff at her fashion brand following a major backlash.
The fashion designer, whose family is worth £335million, had planned to use the Government’s Covid-19 scheme to pay 80 per cent of the wages of some of her staff before making the U-turn.