A former sales clerk at Manhattan’s Alexander McQueen boutique claims she was subjected to numerous slurs concerning her heritage while working at the upscale store. Among the names her supervisor peppered her with were “Burrito Face,” “Goya Princess” and “Taco Smoke.”
The woman claims her supervisor subjected her “to a persistent barrage of offensive comments based on her race and national origin.” He allegedly told her she had “greasy hands like a Mexican” and that he didn’t want products to “get messy.”
The complaint claims she was falsely accused of using cocaine and stealing from the store. She also claimed the company infringed on “her ability to close additional sales with her clients,” including the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The clerk was fired for allegedly failing to retrieve a dress that Ms. Seinfeld had borrowed.
Last summer, an African-born former security guard at Alexander McQueen sued, claiming he endured a racially hostile environment while employed there. He claimed the store regularly profiled black customers.
Note: Name-calling may win cheap laughs, but it can get very expensive if an employee sues. When supervisors engage in or tolerate such behavior, courts hold employers responsible.
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