FASHION LAW: ELIE TAHARI PROFILED FOR SEXUAL HARRASSMENT
Looks like fashion designer Elie Tahari will be out $12 million soon…well, maybe. Thirty-two year old fashion consultant, Marcy Castelgrande, claims she was groped by the designer among a group of people and when she filed a complaint involving the incident, she was fired. Castelgrande stated that she was subjected to a “sexually charged environment” during her last three months with the company.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, states that “Mr. Tahari unlawfully and inappropriately touched Ms. Castelgrande in the area of her private parts while she was modeling a skirt before a public crowd of at least 10 people that included her male and female coworkers, professional colleagues and supervisors.” Furthermore, the suit outlines that Tahari “attempted to lift the skirt that Castelgrande was modeling above her panty line.”
Horrified and humiliated, Castelgrande repeatedly told the designer to desist and placed her hands on her legs to avoid further exposure. Upon filing the complaint, Tahari relieved Castelgrande of her position within the company claiming that she was “too sensitive.” Tahari has dealt with earlier lawsuits in the past and blatantly stated he wanted to avoid another one.
Calls to Tahari to discuss the case were forwarded to the designer’s lawyer, Ran Daniel, who stated that company litigation is not openly discussed.