*Louis Vuitton is in hot water for racist remarks reportedly made by a former manager at the brand’s shop inside London department store Selfridges, reports FashionTimes.com.
Ex employee Oliver Koffi is reportedly suing the label for racial discrimination and harassment, Fashionista reported. According to Koffi, a store manager told an African employee that “black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor” in a “cold and serious” manner, which created a “hostile and intimidating” work environment. The manager later told Koffi that the statement was a joke.
According to reports, this manager, who no longer works at the Louis Vuitton store where the remarks were made, had a history of making racist comments. The manager said that Louis Vuitton products were “s***” because they were “made in China.”
Koffi reportedly recorded the manager making some of these comments.
“He went on a rant about black people and other races and religions. He jumped from subject to subject, making comments about other races and religions. He made comments about Barack Obama. All of his comments were derogatory and a clear illustration of his prejudices towards other races and religions,” Koffi said.
“Louis Vuitton has a zero-tolerance policy to harassment of any kind. This reported sentiment is in total violation of the Louis Vuitton Ethical charter. This issue was investigated, and the manager in question no longer works within the company,” a spokesperson for Louis Vuitton told The Mirror.