Moschino USA Sued for Using Racist Codeword for Black Clients
On January 7th, it was announced that a former Moschino employee was filing a lawsuit against the Italian luxury company for racial discrimination against her and her store’s black clients.
According to TMZ, Shamael Lataillade claims her employers at a Moschino store in West Hollywood used a racist codename to describe black shoppers who didn’t look rich enough. “She says the woman would call them a ‘Serena’ and instructed other employees to follow and watch them closely -- sometimes even writing down their license plates,” the tabloid reports.
The lawsuit highlights the common stereotype that black people face while shopping. It, also, shows the shit that Serena Williams, one of the greatest female athletes of all time, faces being that her name is being used as a racial term.
Lataillade, who is a black, Haitian-American woman, is also suing the company over discrimination against her personally. “The supervisor discriminated against her and mocked her as someone who practices voodoo,” TMZ reports. She was fired for speaking out about the “Serena” codeword and other forms of racism in her workplace.
Hopefully, Lataillade and everyone else who was hurt by Moschino’s actions will be paid accordingly.