Tiffany & Co. Hit With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Popular jewelry company Tiffany & Co. has some serious explaining to do after the lone African-American employee in a management position put them on blast claiming racial discrimination.
The jeweler responsible for unleashing Audrey Hepburn posters and aqua wedding colors upon America just got hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit.
The New York Times reports that group director Michael McClure filed a complaint Thursday against Tiffany & Company. He says there’s 200 public-facing management positions at the company—but he’s the only African American holding one. He accuses the company of a “systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination.”
Also, their engagement rings are appallingly overpriced. (At least I think so, anyway.)
According to the complaint (and via the Times), McClure has worked at Tiffany’s since 1993, receiving consistently positive reviews; he currently oversees a pair of stores in Texas, the Post says. Then he got a new boss:
Last fall, after management changes at the company, Anthony Ledru, the new senior vice president for North America at the time, asked store and group directors to send their photographs. The request said Mr. Ledru was requesting the pictures “as a result of Anthony’s extensive market travels and meeting numerous people along the way.”
Hmmmmm. Definitely sounds shady to us. We’ll be keeping tabs to see how this turns out….