The attorney alleges that she was instructed to withhold 30 percent of the singer’s fee for her Gucci Tattoo Heard ad campaign.
“When [international tax counsel Stan] Sherwood discovered Rihanna was from a Caribbean island [Barbados], he told Robinson to ‘tax the hell out of her’ and find a way to allow Gucci to withhold 30 percent of her fee,” according to details of the lawsuit obtained by the New York Post.
Robinson is seeking $5 million in damages after being fired for what she claims was punishment for complaining about racist remarks in the workplace.
Her lawyer argues that she was subjected to “an unrelenting barrage of racist comments and jokes at her expense by Sherwood and others at Gucci.”
He added: “It is shocking that top level officials of a company as esteemed as Gucci would behave in such an inappropriate manner.”
A Gucci spokeswoman said: “Ms Robinson’s allegations are completely baseless, and the company will defend itself vigorously against this meritless litigation.
“The company is confident that it will prevail.”