The lawsuit alleged that Patel had a strong personal connection to the company’s founder and as a “result of this personal connection, he “engaged in discriminatory and harassing conduct with impunity”.
”Miller is seeking damages totalling over $40 million for a hostile work environment, pay discrimination, and discriminatory and retaliatory termination,” said a spokesman for the plaintiff’s law firm. When Zara USA’s top executives learned that Miller was Jewish, he was shut out of meetings, annual increases to his salary and bonus dropped sharply, and ultimately he was “unceremoniously” fired after seven years of service, the lawsuit further added. In a statement, Zara USA said the accusations by its former employee were “shocking” and that it would vigorously defend itself in court. Patel was earlier working with Zara in Britain. The brand faced similar accusations most recently when last year the company was forced to issue an apology in response to an uproar over a T-shirt it produced that resembled a Nazi concentration camp uniform. (IANS)