Giorgio Armani was sued last week by former employee Fabio Silva in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Silva worked as general counsel for the company for about a year from October 2014 to July 2015.
Silva alleges in his lawsuit that Giorgio Armani created a hostile work environment and unlawfully discharged Silva based on national origin and disability.
Silva claims that because he is of Mexican descent he recieved discriminatory statements from a co-worker. He then met with Chief Operating Officer, Giorgio Fornari to complain; however, nothing was done to rectify the situation. In fact, Silva claims that the company then retaliated and denied his request for a raise because he complained of discrimination.
Silva also claims that when he met with Senior VP of Organizational Development and Human Resources, Lucinda Rosso, he was told that if he wasn’t happy at the fashion house, he should leave.
In June of 2015, Silva informed his company that he had been diagnosed with a tumor in his colon. He had told the executives that the tumor was operable and he was expected to make a full recovery. However, on July 2, Giorgio Armani terminated Silva’s employment.
Silva is seeking back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. Giorgio Armani executives declined to comment about the case.
This is the second lawsuit brought by a former general counsel this year. ZARA was sued by a former general counsel, who claimed discrimination based on national origin and sexuality.