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Serena Williams Labeled 'Disgusting' by NYC Store in Discrimination Suit

Not Released Lawsuit Says High-End Shoe Designer Racist Toward Serena Williams
Montrelle Montesinos | 19 May, 2017, 22:22

A former employee at high-end shoe retailer Gianvito Rossi, is accusing the company of displaying racism towards tennis star Serena Williams in a lawsuit filed Thursday in New York City.

The suit also says that the company referred to Williams as "disgusting", and Wilburn was the only Black employee at the business for a year-and-a-half, reports the New York Post. They initially refused to offer a discount but eventually caved due to pressure from someone at Vogue magazine, offering only a "fraction" of the discount white celebrities typically receive from the shoe company.

"Yesterday certain media outlets reported on a complaint filed against Gianvito Rossi by a former employee", the company said in a statement to Footwear News. "Merely lifting words from a complaint out of context, without investigation and without even awaiting any reply in a pending proceeding, is a mere hit job". Further, when fired "without warning or formal evaluation", the suit claims that Wilburn was replaced by "a much younger white manager".

Williams, Rossi and the store's namesake designer have not commented on the matter, while a boutique employee told the New York Post Mazzilli was unable to comment since she was traveling in Italy.

Another instance of racial bias cited was that the manager in question "threw numerous elaborate dinner parties and social events for all boutiques managed by white employees ... while never once holding an event for [her] Madison Avenue store". "Gianvito Rossi has the pleasure of having relationships with worldwide celebrities without any distinction". Once she was hired, Wilburn claims her boss, Grace Mazzilli, immediately became "hostile to Wilburn based upon her race and age". Wilburn says her termination was issued "without rational basis".