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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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594 days ago
17.

Cirrus Unicus    

Horsepucky.

594 days ago
18.

ratbag    

This is sooooo credible. Really, I imagine there's never been another bi-sexual in Bev Hills history. As for the fried chicken for lunch...no one who works in fashion eats lunch in Bev Hills so that's ridiculous as well.

594 days ago
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Abyss316    

Men hear "bisexual" and think threesome not antigay comments. This is total BS. It would have been more believable had she accused them of sexual harassment.

594 days ago
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GothamGirl    

Harvey-
There is something wrong with you! If Burch is not accused of wrongdoing and is not named as a defendant, why air the story? It is Burch, her business, and her reputation that will be hurt by such a story. But I guess you already knew that. Hope she sues your ass, she can afford good lawyers.

594 days ago
21.

Kaveman    

If they were such racists then why would they hire her in the first place? This story seems to be about another lazy thug trying to extort a quick payday from their employer.

594 days ago
22.

EasilyHard    

Look at the runway A sprinkle of asian, latin

594 days ago
23.

EasilyHard    

And a black or none THIS IS FASHION!!!

594 days ago
24.

static    

Anytime race or sexual orientation is the center piece for a case you know it's BS.

594 days ago
25.

Blonde Ambition    

The former employee sounds like a troublemaker. Maybe that's what really got her fired.

594 days ago
26.

Blue101    

This just doesn't sound right. For one ...there are so many gay people in the fashion industry that I find this impossible to believe. Sounds like she is out
for a quick buck. Hope she doesn't get it.

594 days ago
27.

Indy Dave    

why is this celebrity news????? TMZ must be slow... Hopefully KK has a miscarage... TMZ will GO NUTTS!

594 days ago
28.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners    

*Sounds Alarm* Get Gloria Allred on the line!!!!!!

594 days ago
29.

jen    

I don't believe this story. Gays are very accepted in the fashion industry business. She is not claiming obe or two but practically everyone. Also, why would a company turn customers away from working with her?

594 days ago
30.

1500man    

Another racist white person..what's new? You should of left a long time ago..

594 days ago
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