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Following a security guard's claims of suicide-thought-provoking racial discrimination from co-workers, another former Alexander McQueen employee has stepped forward with a racial discrimination lawsuit. Moselle Blanco says she was ridiculed for being Hispanic by fellow store employees at the high end shop.
The suit claims that her boss, retail sales manager Max Cantey subjected her "to a persistent barrage of offensive comments based on her race and national origin." On top of the verbal abuse, he also falsely accused her of being drunk and using drugs at work. Blanco complained to corporate management about the abuse, but felt retaliation in the form of hogged sales and lies about her stealing inventory.
She was ultimately fired in September 2012—after ten years at the Meatpacking District flagship—on the grounds of selling to customers on her days off and not retrieving a dress lent to her client Jessica Seinfeld. The lawsuit notes that two other employees that complained about racial discrimination were also fired.
Update 1:12pm: A representative from Alexander McQueen has sent the following statement regarding the allegations of racial discrimination:
Alexander McQueen is committed to equality in the workplace, and we are proud of our diverse employee base. We take any allegations of this nature seriously and will always investigate them thoroughly, but we will not comment on individual cases.
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