A one-time Moschino staff member filed legal action in opposition to the Italian deluxe garments company for bias against her as well as her store’s black customers.
According to TMZ, Shamael Lataillade claims her staff members at the Moschino retail store in West Hollywood used a racist codename to define black buyers who failed to look rich or wealthy enough. “She says the woman would call them a ‘Serena’ and instructed other employees to follow and watch them closely– sometimes even jotting down their license plates,” the tabloid reports.
This particular lawsuit highlights the all-too-frequent threat of going shopping whilst black. It’s likewise effortless to draw the line when comparing this disgusting depiction and the racial discrimination Serena Williams proceeds to overcome, even as one of the finest professional athletes ever.
Lataillade, who is a black, Haitian-American lady, is also filing a claim against the organization over bias against her specifically. “The supervisor discriminated against her and also mocked her as someone who practices voodoo,” TMZ reports. She was fired for expressing outward about the “Serena” codeword and other types of discrimination in her workplace.
This particular occurrence is only the latest incident helping remind us how the fashion community continues to fail when serving men and women of color with its internalized stereotypes. With any luck, Moschino pays out Lataillade what she should have for the emotional trauma of functioning in such a noxious space.