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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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658 days ago

Cirrus Unicus    


658 days ago


This is sooooo credible. Really, I imagine there's never been another bi-sexual in Bev Hills history. As for the fried chicken for one who works in fashion eats lunch in Bev Hills so that's ridiculous as well.

658 days ago


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.

658 days ago


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.

658 days ago


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.

658 days ago


Look at the runway A sprinkle of asian, latin

658 days ago


And a black or none THIS IS FASHION!!!

658 days ago


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

658 days ago

Blonde Ambition    

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

658 days ago


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.

658 days ago

Indy Dave    

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

658 days ago


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

658 days ago


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?

658 days ago


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

658 days ago
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