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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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61.

Elle    

This is such an obvious cash grab. Who in LA fashion has a problem with race or sexuality. Seriously. Get a clue.

596 days ago
62.

LetsBeReAL    

Sounds like what happened was the girls she worked with Gossiped a lot. They definitely said those things but not to her face. They probably called her nasty things but not to her face. They probably referred to her girlfriend as 'that thing' but not to her face. They gossiped about her and someone (also in the circle) told her. There was a snitch among them and the "black, bisexual employee" got humiliated. First, she can't sue co-workers for gossiping behind her back. That's not harassment. So many of us would get sued too! You know it! She just wants money for being embarrassed. Maybe she shouldn't have told everybody her personal business and let her gf walk in

596 days ago
63.

Cmc721    

S***. LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT.NICE.

596 days ago
64.

ok    

A hot bisexual girlfriend is every man's fantasy!

596 days ago
65.

backfire    

yeah, cause they're are no gay designers.

596 days ago
66.

who-me    

the calico is not fresh

596 days ago
67.

sean    

This lawsuit will be thrown out faster than moldy guacamole.

596 days ago
68.

DaveT    

From the nose down = Obama
From the eyes up = Vanna White

596 days ago
69.

KCINDY    

Probably did happen, but I wouldn't waste my life fighting haters! Why do you feel the need to F everything and everybody lady? Dang shame about some humans the will F anything and creature.

596 days ago
70.

Ann    

Wow, the race card and the lesbian card. She must want more money, so she will never have to work again. Whatever, I don't buy it. Those 2 cards are so old and I laugh everytime I read something like this. If you are black, get over yourself, if you are gay, get over yourself. No one cares anymore.

595 days ago
71.

steve hoyt    

Tory, truth is an absolute defense.

595 days ago
72.

tessa    

there are some folks you definitely do not want to hire, some are trouble from the beginning . . . employers need a union that will help remove these liabilities from the labor pool

595 days ago
73.

Abu    

I can empathize. I was bullied and railroaded out of my TV station job in Canada. All due to the denial of my bosses which resulted in nothing getting resolved and all their mistakes were apparently my fault. Go figure, I was even doing the work of other staff members trying to be a team player. including spending 100s of hours of my free time helping out (which NO other employee would do). Yet when I finally complained about my work stresses, bosses just responded with logical fallacy games, and I was fired. Comments here reflect some of the same demonization that I experienced. Here I am, a victim of workplace bullying, yet my friends and family just giggle too.

595 days ago
74.

Tweeder    

Duh it's cause your black and bisexual

595 days ago
75.

rusty    

This why the unemployment rate in the african american community is 3x worse than any other. When they are able to instantly claim racism when they get fired it makes bosses and business owners think twice be for hiring them.

595 days ago
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