Discrimination Lawsuit Against Prada Japan Dismissed

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Prada store at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford in East London, UK. Exclusive stores selling luxury goods are common here as it seems there is a lot of wealth around to afford expensive fashion.
Prada store at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford in East London, UK. Exclusive stores selling luxury goods are common here as it seems there is a lot of wealth around to afford expensive fashion. Photo: Mike Kemp/Corbis

Rina Bovrisse, a former senior retail manager for Prada Japan, and two other workers filed a lawsuit against their ex-employers back in 2010, claiming Prada Japan's CEO Davide Sesia ordered the termination of staffers he found "old, fat, ugly, [or] disgusting." Bovrisse further alleged she was fired after a meeting with Sesia in which he instructed her to diet and re-style her hair, because he was otherwise "ashamed of Ms Bovrisse's ugliness [and didn't] want visitors from Italy to see her." At the time, Prada responded to the allegations by stating they had no ground. Two years later, the Tokyo District Court agreed — a judge ruled against Bovrisse, and rejected her claim. While her legal team considers an appeal, a countersuit from Prada Japan alleging Bovrisse "made false statements" regarding her dismissal remains pending.