Posts Tagged ‘Racist’

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (But only certain girls?)

Monday, June 9th, 2014

African-American Tiffany & Co employee, Michael McClure, is suing the company this week in accusation of their “systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination.”

According to the Star-Ledger, McClure, the plaintiff, is a group director for Tiffany. He is responsible for more than one store and has been with the company since 1993. However, he is the only African-American holding a management position out of 200 employees. Although sales have increased in his stores this year, McClure was not given an annual bonus, received a negative performance evaluation, and was in danger of termination.

After starting an investigation, McClure received an anonymous letter that read, “In reference to you, he [Anthony Ledru] expressed a surprise that ‘a black man is representing the Tiffany brand.’ ” This letter was sent to McClure from someone within his office after Ledru, the company’s newly appointed senior vice president for North America, visited his stores.

Similarly, stores like Barneys and Macy’s have been accused of racial profiling earlier this year. Both Barneys and Macy’s falsely accused African American shoppers of shoplifting. In an article by the Huffington Post, a former Barneys employee mentions that “store security keeps a close eye on black shoppers who don’t look famous.” The company has since apologized and claims that it will “review its internal procedures to make sure such incidents don’t happen again.”

As of now, Tiffany has only commented that ““the lawsuit allegations are completely without merit,” and that “we welcome and value diversity in all forms.” ???????????

Unfortunately, racism and racial profiling seem to be a pattern in high-end retailers, trying to secure the most profitable customers and deter those who they wrongly assume will not buy anything. Is the current case against Tiffany & Co actually racism or a mere misunderstanding? It is hard to say at this point. However, like many other retailers, Tiffany & Co must be careful with their next move if they want to maintain a large, loyal, and profitable client base and a positive reputation in the jewelry industry.

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Karen Kessler Shares Her Expertise

Monday, June 9th, 2014

karenkesslerheadshot (1)Evergreen’s own Karen Kessler gives MTV her insight into the current reputation issues  Justin Bieber is facing.