DailyMail.com, June 4, 2015 – Fired Zara lawyer accuses Spanish execs of homophobia and racism in lawsuit

Posted June 4th, 2015.

Fired Zara retail chain lawyer files $40M suit against Spanish execs who ‘maligned him for being a gay Jewish American’ and sent him racist photoshopped images of Obama

  • Ian Miller, who was general counsel for Zara USA Inc, has filed suit in Manhattan against the company on claims was was treated unfairly
  • Miller was fired earlier this year after raising concerns about discrimination, according to the suit
  • The suit also alleges that senior executives ‘openly used racial slurs and exchanged racial emails’ that included racist depictions of President Obama
  • Photoshopped photos included depictions of Obama as the black man on the Cream of Wheat box, a Ku Klux Klansman and as Sarah Palin’s shoe shiner

By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and REUTERS

 

A former attorney for Spanish fashion chain Zara filed a $40 million lawsuit on Wednesday claiming he was harassed and ultimately fired for being Jewish, American and gay.

The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan, says Ian Miller, who was general counsel for Zara USA Inc from 2008 until this March, was excluded from meetings, given smaller raises than co-workers and subjected to racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks.

Miller also claims the senior executives who harassed him were insulated from punishment by Amancio Ortega Gaona, the company’s founder and the second richest person in the world.

Bigot fashionistas? A former attorney for Spanish fashion chain Zara filed a $40 million lawsuit on Wednesday claiming he was harassed and ultimately fired for being Jewish, American and gay

 

Ian Miller’s suit also alleges that senior executives ‘openly used racial slurs and exchanged racial emails’ some of which included photoshopped photos of President Obama as the black man on the Cream of Wheat box, a Ku Klux Klansman and as Sarah Palin’s shoe shiner

Miller was fired earlier this year after raising concerns about discrimination, the suit says.

‘Zara overlooked Mr. Miller’s stellar performance, marginalized his role in the company, and gave him lower raises than employees who fit the company’s preferred profile’ of Christian, Spanish and straight, said Miller’s attorney, David Sanford.

The suit also alleges that senior executives ‘openly used racial slurs and exchanged racial emails’ some of which included photoshopped photos of President Obama as the black man on the Cream of Wheat box, a Ku Klux Klansman and as Sarah Palin’s shoe shiner.

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