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Black, Bisexual Ex-Employee

'I Was Treated Horribly!'

1/4/2013 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A black, bisexual woman has sued her former employer -- the company run by high-end fashion designer Tory Burch -- claiming her manager and co-workers put a big fat target on her head because of her race and bisexuality.

Jessica Jones filed the lawsuit, claiming she worked at the billionaire designer's flagship store in Bev Hills from July 2011 to July 2012 -- and during that time, Jones claims she was called everything from a "disgusting" homosexual to a "n***er."

In the docs, Jones says her manager and co-workers treated her like dirt, telling customers and clients not to work with Jones because she was gay. Jones says her manager referred to Jones' girlfriend as "that thing that comes to visit her at work."

On her lunch breaks, Jones says her manager would regularly ask if Jones was getting fried chicken.

Jones claims she was eventually forced to resign because of the treatment she received.

Jones is suing Burch's company -- as well as her manager and others -- for unspecified damages.

Burch was not accused of wrongdoing herself in the the lawsuit and she is not named as a defendant.

Calls to Burch's rep were not immediately returned.

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1.

Joe Aring    

Something smells fishy.

593 days ago
2.

hi    

For a second, i thought the company's name was butch

593 days ago
3.

Meg    

The lawsuit is full of sh*t!!!!

593 days ago
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kronenburg    

Was she working at a store located in Armpit, Arkansas?

593 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

The plainly generic -alleged- insults, reek of the overplayed "Race/Homosexual Card Game".
1973 called and left a message: It wants it's deceptive and divisive cards back.


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593 days ago
6.

Just_Me    

Bigoted cracker!

593 days ago
7.

Carl    

I find it extremely hard to believe that she'd run into much homophobia in the fashion industry. Heck, I'd expect more chance of being made fun of for being straight!

593 days ago
8.

Majestik    

In this day and age and knowing a thing or two, was she smart enough to bring a concealed tape recorder to get proof? I find it hard to believe that someone is going to stick around for a full year and deal with what she claims.

593 days ago
9.

AreUCrazy    

Lets take every stereotype about blacks and gays and shove them into a lawsuit and say.." that's what they said about me".

Proof otherwise I don't believe a word about this.

593 days ago
10.

CLINT    

A case of he said, she said. Or I guess it would be she, said she said. Without a recording or other people saying they heard it, it will probably get tossed out of court.

593 days ago
11.

Blue101    

This is just so stupid. All she is looking for is a quick buck.

593 days ago
12.

WatcherOne    

And yet, she was hired there to begin with. Doesn't add up, really.

593 days ago
13.

las11355    

If the shoe fits, wear it bitch...

593 days ago
14.

tgrfan42069    

and gays target straights all of the time just for having their own views on being gay.gayness is nasty nothing natural or beautiful about it.

593 days ago
15.

Cheryl A.    

If they hate black people SOOOO much then why did they hire her?

593 days ago
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