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Tory Burch's Los Angeles Store and Company Sued for Racial, Sexual Discrimination

January 16, 2013

Fashion Designer Tory Burch's company has recently been sued by a former employee, who claims she experienced unlawful sexual and racial discrimination while working for the Los Angeles, California flagship store.

Howard Law's Vincent Howard has been watching the lawsuit development, that was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by African American employee Jessica Jones, who claims that while working as a sales associate at the Los Angeles-based Tory Burch store from July 2011 until July 2012, she experienced incidents of sexual racial discrimination by a co-worker.

According to the lawsuit, Jones' co-worker, Ann Oliver, allegedly told Tory Burch customers not to interact with Jones because she was gay, said to other co-workers that Jones couldn't possibly attend church because of her sexual orientation, and allegedly referred to Jones' girlfriend the "thing" that would come to visit her in the workplace. Jones also claims that Oliver repeatedly asked racially derogatory questions, like if she was going to have fried chicken for lunch.

The lawsuit also accused store managers of engaging in racial slurs by calling her names like "ghetto" along with the "N-word." Another male manager allegedly left semi-naked photos of himself on the computers that the store's sales associates would often have to use. After Jones complained about the sexual and racial harassment to the management, she claims nothing was done because one of the accused managers was friends with Ann Oliver. Jones claims in the lawsuit that because of the harassment and discrimination, she was forced to resign.

As Vincent Howard frequently discusses in our Santa Ana employment lawyers blog, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is against the law to harass or discriminate against an employee in the workplace because of their race or sex in regard to hiring, firing, compensation, job training, job promotion, or any other terms or conditions of employment. It is also against the law for employers to retaliate against employees for protesting discrimination, or for filing or participating in a discrimination proceeding.

For a free consultation about your Costa Mesa, California labor and employment issue, contact Vincent Howard at Howard Law, PC today.

Bisexual Black Woman Sues Designer Tory Burch, Former Co-Worker Over Race, Sex Issues, CBS Local Los Angeles News, January 4, 2013

Related Web Resources:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (EEOC)

Facts About Sexual Harassment, EEOC

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