An encrypted message was used to alert staff about customers, the lawsuit says.
A former Versace employee is suing the luxury retail operation, accusing the fashion business of discrimination for its use of a secret “black code” to alert staff and security when a black shopper is in the store, according to the court action.
The former employee claims in a 30-page lawsuit that a store in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was hired in September 2016 uses the code “D410” to communicate when a black shopper is in the store. (The code is also the brand’s label for a black shirt.)
“The manager instructed the plaintiff to say ‘D410’ in a causal manner when a black person entered the store” to “alert co-workers,” states the suit, filed last month in the California Superior Court in Alameda County.
The worker was fired just weeks later after he told the manager that he was African-American, TMZ reported.