Versace Accused Of Discrimination, Using ‘Secret Code’ For Black Shoppers

Rucuss staffDecember 26, 2016

A former Versace employee is blowing the whistle on the company’s alleged racist ways.

Versace allegedly secretly alerts staffers when a Black person enters a store. TMZ reports a former male employee, who worked in a Bay Area store, “in a 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 — as in, ‘we got a D410 in menswear.’”

The former employee also claims that he was treated differently as a black man working for the designer retailer, and was fired after only two weeks because “he hadn’t lived the luxury life.” According to the suit, “D410″ is used for the black shirts that the store sells. However, if “D14” is searched in Versace’s online store, black clothes are the result, whereas if “D410” is searched, black, white and blue items come up.

The former employee is planning on suing the company for unpaid wages and damages. The designer has denied the allegations and is hoping to have the suit dismissed.

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