Fashion retailer Versace is being accused of using a secret code to alert employees when a black customer is in the store.
Christopher Sampiro, 23, is suing the company and made the allegation based on a disclosure he claims was made to him during his training. According to Sampiro, a manager told him “to say ‘D410’ in a casual manner when a black person entered the store.”
The lawsuit also claims the manager told Sampiro that the “code is used to alert co-workers that ‘a black person is in the store.”
Sampiro then told the manager he was black, and alleges that after the disclosure he was treated differently during the training.
He was fired two weeks later and now alleges unfair termination.