Fashion Law: Discrimination Suit Filed Against Kering Americas and Alexander McQueen
Last week two employees filed a lawsuit in New York state court against Kering Americas Inc. and Alexander McQueen Trading America Inc. among others, citing racial discrimination. The plaintiff’s, Christopher Policard and Duane Davis, employed as an inventory supervisor and inventory clerk, alleged a systematic rejection of “African-American job applicants who seek positions on the sales floor where they can be seen by customers or positions where they might have authority over the white employees, relegating the few African-Americans who are hired to menial positions behind the scenes.”
The lawsuit continues to state that the only time Policard and Davis are seen by customers is when “Kering searches them for theft in front of other employees and customers, which is done on the floor during business hours. White employees, on the other hand, are screened for theft after closing and in private.”
The plaintiffs also disclosed they were left out of meetings, spoken to disrespectfully and denied vacation time.
Policard and Davis are both seeking a declaratory judgment that Kering and McQueen’s practices are in direct violation of applicable New York Human Rights Law. They also want to prevent the defendants from enforcing any policy that denies any employees full benefits and promotional opportunities within the company. Additionally, they are seeking monetary damages and attorneys’ fees.by