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Woman claims fashion powerhouse fired her because of her image

A woman from the United States sued Prada Japan, and lost her case recently after alleging harassment by the company. She was offered a job at the company, and when she got there she noticed some employees being harassed about the way they looked, and it had nothing to do with the fashion of their clothing. Some people were even demoted because of their image.

The woman says she then asked her supervisors about the perceived harassment but they started telling her that she was not the image they were looking for, demoted her and eventually let her go from the company.

The woman sued the company in Japan for harassment. However, she lost the lawsuit because a Japanese court said that image of employees was a legitimate concern for a fashion company. The company then countersuit the woman for alleging that she was harassed. That lawsuit has not yet been decided.

Although this case was heard in Japan, these situations could happen in Charleston, and are especially prevalent in the fashion industry. If someone experiences this harassment at work, they could feel like they aren't able to speak up, and might not enjoy their work. A person who is experiencing harassment or retaliation might be wise to speak with an experienced employment law attorney.

They can help a person understand their rights and work to remedy the situation. If a person isn't able to stop the harassment, an attorney can help the person seek compensation for any losses that they sustained because of being fired or having to leave the company to prevent more harassment.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Ex-Prada Employee Who Accused Fashion House Of Discrimination Fights Nearly $800K Countersuit," Aug. 6, 2013

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