Unfortunately, 2016 has been full of racial tension throughout the nation. We have seen the Black Lives Matter movement expand. Tensions also ran high with this year’s presidential election. It appears that going into 2017 will be no different. Recently, an ex-Versace employee has stepped up to reveal a dirty little secret of the company. According to this ex-employee, Versace allegedly used code words when Black shoppers were present.
The ex-employee worked at a Versace retail store in the Bay Area and has decided to tell the world about the store’s alleged discriminatory practices. According to this ex-employee, the store he worked in uses a certain code word whenever an African American shopper stepped into the store. The ex-employee stated that he was told by his store manager to use the code “D410” to let other co-workers know that a black person was present in the store. He was given the example of “We have a D410 in Menswear”. It is a little ironic that specific code is used because Versace uses that code for black shirts.
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The former staff member stated that he told his manager, “You know that I’m African-American?” After that conversation, the employee says that he was refused break and was later fired after working for only two weeks. The ex-Versace worker alleges that he was terminated because he had not “lived the luxury life”.
Needless to say, the former employee is suing the Versace for unpaid wages and damages. Of course, Versace is denying any and all allegations and have also petitioned the courts to have the case dismissed.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think Versace is instructing employees to discriminate? If the allegations turned out to be true, should people boycott Versace? Could this just be an isolated incident? Let me know in the comments.
Written By: Ronda Brooks