The Versace empire is not known for doing things quietly – or with the most amount of tact. To wit, that safety pin dress.
Or June’s controversial campaign starring Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid and Donatella Versace’s reaction to criticism thereof.
(The campaign shots, supposedly of “diverse” families, were slated for bordering on racism and looking nothing like real families.
Donatella explained away the stylistic oddities the way she knows best, by reminding us that the Versace family provokes, and wouldn’t life be boring if we all did the same thing?)
Donatella might have to dig deeper, though, if a story coming out of California’s Bay Area proves to hold up.
According to pop news website TMZ, a former Versace employee claims the Italian fashion house uses a code to alert staff and security when a black customer is in the store.
When the new employee was told about the code known as a “D410”, incidentally the label’s code for a black shirt he allegedly told his manager that he was African-American.
Within two weeks, he was fired.
The news site quotes the complainant asking his employer: “You know that I’m African-American?”
After the revelation, the man claims to have been refused rest breaks and was then fired two weeks later.
In the suit, he says he was told he lost his job because he hadn’t “lived the luxury life.”
According to TMZ, the man is seeking unpaid wages and damages. It reports that Versace is already seeking a dismissal of the suit, denying all the allegations.