Versace has come under fire after a former employee of the luxury brand’s Bay Area store accused the shop of secretly using racist practices to monitor Black customers. According to the lawsuit, the ex-employee claims the store manager revealed the store code, “D410,” to him, which was used to alert co-workers that Black shoppers had entered the store.
Versace has since come forward, denying all claims of racial profiling: “Versace believes strongly in equal opportunity, as an employer and a retailer,” their lawyers stated. “We do not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, national origin or any other characteristic protected by our civil rights laws. We have denied the allegations in this suit, and we will not comment further concerning pending litigation.”