An ex-Versace employee is coming out and spilling some hot tea on the retailer’s alleged racist practice when it comes to Black customers walking into department stores.
According to TMZ, a man who worked at a Bay Area location claims that a manager let him in on the store code “D410” which lets employees know that a Black customer has entered the premises.
It just so happens that “D410” is also the code for all black shirts in Versace stores.
After being told about the code the man says he surprised his manager by saying, “You know that I’m African-American?”
The man filing the suit claims that after that moment he was refused his rest breaks and was eventually fired after just two weeks on the job. The reason he was given for his termination was that he hadn’t “lived the luxury life.” After January 20, 2017 that reason might suffice in a court of law but it’s still 2016 so he’s suing for unpaid wages and damages.
Versace is of course denying the allegations and has filed a request for dismissal of the suit.
All this just as Versace shades was making a monster comeback in Hip-Hop. Guess we’re all going back to Oakleys?