Giorgio Armani, Corp. Sued For $75 Million

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.

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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.

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ZARA Sued for Employee Discrimination

ZARA USA, Inc. has recently been sued by its former General Counsel, Jack Miller in New York’s Supreme Court. Miller is asserting violations of New York state and city laws prohibiting discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

Miller is asking the court for damages, including lost compensation, back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, liquidated damages, and punitive damages, all amounting to $40 million.

Miller held the post of General Counsel of the American department of the retail giant from January 2008 until March 2015. He helped to build the legal department and handled all the legal matters that ZARA USA, Inc. encountered during his time there, including litigation, real estate transactions and acquisitions.

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During his time at ZARA, Miller began to notice a hostile work environment because he didn’t fit in ZARA’s demographic of straight, Spanish and Christian. Miller claims that his supervisors and peers began to send him homophobic emails, make anti-Semitic remarks, and claimed that Spanish employees had greater job security than other employees.

Miller complained to Javier Monteoliva, Inditex Group‘s highest legal officer; however, Miller claims that no steps were taken to rectify the situation. Miller states that on March 2, 2015, Monteoliva then told Miller that his position at ZARA was in jeopardy and that one of Miller’s peers, Dilip Patel, who had engaged in harassing conduct, was very close to ZARA founder, Amancio Ortega, and therefore was unlikely to be reprimanded for his behavior.

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NastyGal Sued for Employee Discrimination

NastyGal, the trendy online retailer, has been sued by a former employee who is claiming that she was wrongfully terminated by the retailer for being pregnant.

In her complaint, Aimee Concepcion explains how she was recruited by NastyGal in late 2013 for the position of Buyer for the newly created Home Goods department within the company. During her interviews, Concepcion was told by the executives that her position is a “stable position.” Concepcion claims that during her time at the retailer, she receive “stellar performance review[s]” regarding her work and contributions to the company.

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 Around February of 2014, Concepcion found out she was pregnant and in April of that year, she informed her supervisors and asked for information on what maternity leave, and maternity benefits she was entitled to.

In her complaint, Concepcion alleges that her supervisors failed to inform her of all the rights and benefits she was entitled to under California law, and was told she was only entitled to 6-8 weeks of leave after she gives birth. Concepcion then became increasingly worried and upset about the lack of support she was receiving from her employers, but assumed that they were advising her properly on what her rights were.

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