*Would this really be so surprising? Not for most Black folks. But just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend it is. A Bay Area former employee of the luxury brand Versace alleges the brand discriminates against African American employees by demanding staff secretly alert management when one of us enters the store.
They even have a secret code: D104!
So think back to a time when or if you’ve ever been in a Versace store and all of a sudden, over the intercom you heard, “D104, Aisle 7.”
If you were in that aisle, and you’re Black, they were talking about YOU!
The employee, who remains anonymous, has now filed a lawsuit, He says he had only recently began working at the store recently. According to a TMZ report, the former employee’s lawsuit says a manager told him about a store code called “D410,” which was used to casually let co-workers know a black person was present.
This was obviously done by phone because when the employee responded by saying, “You know that I’m African-American?”
That’s when things started “changing” on the job.
“Changes” that many African Americans who have held any kind of job where they were in the minority can relate to.
In this case, the employee was refused breaks (which, by the way, is against the law), and then fired 2 weeks later. According to the lawsuit the reason given was because the employee hadn’t “lived the luxury life.”
Of course Versace has denied the claims.
The former employee is suing for unpaid wages and damages.