Fast fashion giant Zara is being sued for $40 million over claims of anti-Semitism. The company recently went into damage control after selling a children’s shirt with a yellow star embellishment that drew comparisons to a Holocaust concentration camp uniform.
Zara’s parent company Inditex quickly pulled the shirt from its shelves and issued an apology following public outcry. The company also released a handbag in 2007 that featured a swastika.
A former in-house counsel for Zara claims the company’s entire culture is anti-Semitic.
On Wednesday, lawyers for Ian Jack Miller, the first and only corporate attorney for Zara’s U.S. and Canada business, filed a $40 million discrimination suit in New York’s Supreme Court. The lawsuit claims that Miller was fired because he is Jewish, American, and gay.
Miller says he was the only Jewish employee for Zara U.S., and that Amancio Ortega — the billionaire founder of Inditex, and the 2nd richest person in the world — set the tone of anti-semitism from the top.
The lawsuit claims that Ortega’s top employees sent graphic gay porn to Miller and bragged about sexual exploits with female subordinates. The lawsuit also claims that Zara’s executives regularly visit prostitutes during their trips out of town.