Manager: Prada Japan targeted ugly workers

March 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM
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TOKYO, March 12 (UPI) -- A senior retail manager for Prada Japan alleges in a lawsuit she was ordered to eliminate employees who didn't have the "Prada look."

Rina Bovrisse said Prada Japan Chief Executive Officer Davide Sesia informed her she had to eliminate 15 managerial staff workers he deemed "old, fat, ugly, disgusting or not having the Prada look," The Daily Telegraph (Britain) said Friday.

Bovrisse alleges in her discrimination and harassment suit against the Italian fashion label that Sesia also asked her to lose some weight and change her hairstyle.

The retail manager, who supervised staffs at 40 stores in Japan, said 13 staff people were given demotional transfer orders following Sesia's demands. The company said the orders were due to poor sales, Bovirsse said.

Bovrisse told the Telegraph she decided to sue the company, which had no comment on the lawsuit, to protect her fellow workers.

"My responsibility is to protect hard-working women and make sure their working environment is safe," Bovrisse said.

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