The lights were on at the American Apparel factory complex in downtown Los Angeles late Wednesday. Several workers milled around the parking lot chatting and eating snacks.
Few, if any, had heard that their boss, Chief Executive Dov Charney, had been ousted by the retailer’s board of directors hours earlier.
One man said he was "speechless." A woman said she often saw Charney, 45, strolling through the facility and had spotted him as recently as Tuesday. But there was no sign of him on Wednesday, she said.
The board voted after its annual meeting to replace Charney as chairman and also intends to remove him as president and chief executive “for...