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Moschino Sued For Referring To Black Customers As ‘Serenas’

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Moschino Sued For Referring To Black Customers As ‘Serenas’

Moschino Sued For Referring To Black Customers As ‘Serenas’

A former employee is suing luxury brand Moschino, claiming the company has a code name for black clients who don’t look like they can afford their clothes: “Serenas.”

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Shamael Lataillade says her female supervisor at the WeHo shop had a specific protocol for black clients if they didn’t have diamonds on or wore name brands when they entered the store. In docs obtained by TMZ, she says the woman would call them a “Serena” and instructed other employees to pay extra attention to them– sometimes even writing down their license plates. Although it’s not spelled out in the suit, the alleged code would seem to be a reference to Serena Williams.

In addition to that, Shamael claims her former supervisor told employees to tell the “Serenas” they were out of stock on a bunch of items and even called the cops once to report a suspicious black customer. Shamael says the guy was actually a high-profile rapper, but she doesn’t name him in the lawsuit.

Shamael also shares that her supervisor discriminated against her and mocked her as someone who practices voodoo because she is Haitian-American. She said she was fired for bringing up these situations to corporate which is why she is suing.

The company tells TMZ that it denies Shamael’s allegations and adds,

“It complies with applicable equal employment laws and values and respects all customers and clients regardless of their race or background.”

Shamael is suing the Italian luxury brand company for unspecified damages.

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