The U.N. has become involved in a former Prada employee’s lawsuit against the luxury retailer. Rina Bovrisse, who sued Prada Japan over allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, claims Prada Japan’s CEO David Sesia reportedly demoted or dismissed female staff members who he deemed were “old, fat, ugly, disgusting, or did not have the Prada look”.
Prada denied the allegations, but in November 2012 a Tokyo court ruled that the brand was guilty of discrimination – yet still sided with the Italian fashion house. Borisse then turned to the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who have supported the lawsuit. Prada has since launched a counter-suit claiming Borisse’s accusations have hurt the company’s image.
Prada has since seen a backlash on the internet, as thousands are expressing their concerns and urging Prada to drop the counter-suit. The brands Facebook page was receiving hundreds of angry comments, and the a petition on Change.org has received over 200,000 signatures asking Prada to reconsider their lawsuit against Rina Bovrisse.
Rina Borisse speaking to media