New York, New York (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
A former employee of Giorgio Armani filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the brand alleging her boss at the time "exposed herself" to her, said Vogue magazine. Sexual harassment is a serious issue that can adversely affect the reputation and image of even the most high-end of brands, warned New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
“Sexual harassment is also against the law,” he added.
In the civil rights violation lawsuit, Kelle Azzopardi, a former executive assistant at the Giorgio Armani Corporation offices in Manhattan, claimed that her ex-boss, Laura Giulini, harassed her for months. In one incident, Giuilini apparently called Azzopardi to her office and "proceeded to take off her pants and expose herself."
Azzopardi reported this incident and others to the company’s human resources department. However, the company ignored her sexual harassment complaints and failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the behavior did not happen again, the lawsuit said.
In her complaint, Azzopardi said her termination was retaliation for speaking up about her alleged sexual harassment. The Giorgio Armani Corporation claimed that Azzopardi was terminated for unsatisfactory performance.
“If an employer terminates an employee for making a complaint about harassment, discrimination or other unlawful conduct, it is also against the law,” said Perecman.
According to the lawsuit, Azzopardi is seeking compensation for economic losses, including lost wages. She’s also seeking monetary damages for mental anguish and pain and suffering. The company also stands to lose brand value.
“Perceived sexual harassment in the workplace can negatively affect public attitudes toward a brand,” said Perecman. “Armani as a brand is associated with luxury. Integrity is key to maintaining a reputation for quality.”
“Minimizing sexual harassment in the workplace can increase overall brand value,” added Perecman. “It can also improve employee morale.”
The case is Azzopardi v. Giorgio Armani Corporation (INDEX NO 150376/2013) filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases including harassment and discrimination in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
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**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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