A former Versace employee is claiming that stores use a code word for black customers

  • A man who formerly worked at a Versace store in the San Francisco area claims employees were encouraged to use a code for black customers.
  • The employee, Christopher Sampino, has filed a lawsuit against Versace for racial discrimination. 
  • Sampino said that his manager encouraged staffers to use the code “D410,” to notify other employees of black customers. 
  • The code itself comes from the brand’s black clothing, according to TMZ, which broke the story on Monday.
  • Per the lawsuit, the manager told Sampino that he could “hold a black shirt” when using the phrase with other employees.
  • When Sampino, who is one-quarter African-American, was told about the code, he said, “You know that I’m African-American?” Read more

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