Christopher Sampiro, says he was fired for being of mixed race, after working two weeks at the Versace outlet store in Pleasanton, California. Sampiro, 23, said during training the manager asked if he knew anything about “D410 code”, the same code that is used for black clothing.
The instruction to Sampiro was to say ‘D410’ ever so casual when a black person entered the store, to ‘alert co-workers’.
Sampiro then made it clear that although he may be mix, he identifies as African American, which resulted in management treating him differently and not giving him “legitimate” training. Sampiro was eventually fired after working two weeks in September because he didn’t ‘understand luxury‘ and didn’t ‘know the luxury life.’
In court documents, Versace denied Sampiro’s allegations and asked a judge to dismiss the case. A case status conference is scheduled for March 21, 2017.
– Fashion Report by Lwazi Hadebe