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Black Man Files Lawsuit Against Tiffany & Co. For Racial Discrimination

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Tiffany & Company sued for racial bias. www.naturallymoi.com

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Reported by Dr. Sinclair Grey III

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of shopping at Tiffany & Co. understands that you’re going to get quality. The type of clients/customers that shop at Tiffany & Co. plan on spending money for the best. Let’s face it – when you embark on shopping at this store, you’re expected to spend quite a lot of money.

Because Tiffany & Co. prides itself on attracting and retaining the best clientele, they are facing a problem for their lack of minorities in high level positions. Michael McClure, an African-American who is a group director for Tiffany & Co., filed a lawsuit against the jewelry retailer in federal court on Thursday, May 29, citing ‘systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination.’

McClure has been with Tiffany & Co. since 1993. As a group director, he has the responsibility of overseeing more than one store. Throughout his time at the company, he has received positive performance reviews.

According to the lawsuit, it’s been stated that out of more than 200 management positions within the company, only one African-Ameircan holds one. Robert Kraus, the lawyer for McClure believes that the failure to have African-Americans in upper level positions feeds into the myth of African-Americans not fitting into the lifestyle of the luxurious and sophisticated.

Tiffany & Co. has denied all claims. In a statement issue by the jewelry retailer, they state: “The lawsuit allegations are completely without merit, and the many mischaracterizations will be addressed through the legal process. We welcome and value diversity in all forms and emphasize personal accountability and professionalism in a respectful and fair work environment.”

“Last fall, after management changes at the company, Anthony Ledru, the new senior vice president for North America at the time, asked store and group directors to send their photographs. The request said Mr. Ledru was requesting the pictures as a result of Anthony’s extensive market travels and meeting numerous people along the way.

Then in the spring, Mr. McClure received a negative performance review, the complaint stated, and the company placed him on warning for termination. In addition, the lawsuit contends that even though sales at one of his stores had increased 15 percent over the year before, while sales at the other grew 1 percent that year, he was denied an annual bonus. Mr. McClure disputed the review, saying its unfairness reflected an apparent agenda to get rid of him from the start and racial bias at Tiffany, the lawsuit said.

More information about Tiffany & Co’s hiring as well as promotional practices will definitely be examined.

Should Black America boycott this brand pending the outcome of the investigation?

Source: The Root and NY Times

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org.

 

10 Comments

  1. SitUpStraight

    June 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Why bite the hand that feeds you??

  2. seemespeak

    June 2, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I’ve been boycwthis store for forty years.

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