Twelve Los Angeles garment workers are suing XOXO Clothing Co for back wages and damages, the LA Times Mirror reported.

The aggrieved workers claim a contractor hired by XOXO to sew apparel for the popular young women's clothing label failed to pay them six weeks' wages.

The suit, filed earlier this week in US District Court in Los Angeles, claims Commerce-based XOXO has repeatedly violated federal labour standards by hiring contractors who flout wage-and-hour laws. Under federal law, manufacturers can be held accountable for labour violations committed by contractors working for them.

The workers are seeking back wages and damages totalling nearly $50,000 from XOXO, according to Christina Chung of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, which is representing the workers.

XOXO attorney Jeffrey Gersh said the company is willing to make good on the contractor's obligations. He said XOXO is now working with the Labor Department to settle the matter.