Lawsuit claims Versace uses ‘code word’ to warn staff of black customers
TMZ reports that Bay area employees were told to use the code D104 to designate a black customer.
The lawsuit claims that when the employee told management he was African-American, they punished him by denying him rest breaks. He was eventually fired, and is suing for unpaid wages, according to TMZ.
The fashion industry has a checkered history when it comes to race, from the lack of diversity in the modeling world to racially insensitive ads.
Versace is one of multiple luxury brands accused by The Diversity Coalition of failing to promote diversity in the fashion world.