A former staff member of Louis Vuitton’s Selfridges concession has accused the store of sexism and racism in an employment tribunal. Chanjira Razzell claims that she was recruited to work as a saleswoman at the company because it wanted to attract more Thai customers. She recalled how she was asked to attend a “store approval” interview during which she was “humiliated” by questions relating to her Thai heritage and name. She was subsequently dismissed after a manager objected to her traditional Thai greeting, which involved putting her hands together “in supplication”, only a week after starting the job. She also states that she was subjected to a series of sexual text messages from a colleague.
Louis Vuitton is investigating the claims. They released the following statement.
“Louis Vuitton believes that the rich diversity of people within our workforce is central to the value of the brand,” a statement from the brand read today. “We seek to ensure that our practices meet the highest standards of integrity, responsibility and respect, and, therefore, take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously. We are currently undertaking an investigation into this matter. We are unable to comment on this case while the investigation is ongoing.”
It’s not the first time a luxury store has been accused of racism. The reports come just weeks after a former security guard at Alexander McQueen’s NYC flagship filed a lawsuit against staff at the store for racial abuse!
Stay tuned for more on this one…