Mitchell Pollack & Associates PLLC
Your Solution Starts With A Phone Call

Retailer Alexander McQueen accused of race discrimination

For the third time in two years, high-end retailer Alexander McQueen and its parent company, Kering, find themselves in court facing discrimination allegations. According to the suit, retail employees allege a hostile workplace citing racial discrimination, racial harassment, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

This comes following previous racial allegations in July of 2013 from an African-American security guard who was subjected to racist taunts and had to seek help for anxiety and depression. Likewise, in November 2013, a Hispanic saleswoman filed a lawsuit, alleging that she was subjected to racial slurs.

The suit also claims that the company treats African-American people differently than others because it turns them down for customer-facing positions, like sales jobs. Moreover, it states that the company does not allow African-American employees to rise into management roles. A representative from Alexander McQueen noted the company's concern about the allegations but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing litigation.

It remains to be seen how this suit will play out in court, but undoubtedly it is a case that will be in the news. Unfortunately, even in today's day and age, race discrimination is not uncommon. There are both federal and New York state laws in place to prevent workplace discrimination and protect employees against all forms of discrimination. It is important to note that discrimination can take many forms, and without victims reaching out to file a claim against an employer, many discrimination cases may never be acknowledged or properly resolved.

Source: Refinery 29, "Alexander McQueen Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (Again)." Ana Colon & Alexandra Ilyashov, Dec. 15, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Ready To Resolve Your Legal Issues

You have a business to run. The team at Mitchell Pollack & Associates is ready to tackle your legal needs so you can focus on your responsibilities. Call 866-400-7388 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Tarrytown Office
150 White Plains Road
Suite 310
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 914-332-9191
Map & Directions

Mahwah Office
220 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 201-529-4400
Map & Directions