Turns out Versace is not just weird and sexually creepy in their print ads (see above), they're also weird and sexually creepy toward their employees! Or one in particular, anyway. Former Versace aide (and Puerto Rican-American) Fay Rodriguez sued the fashion giant on Wednesday for discrimination, saying she was subjected to a hostile work environment based on her race and gender.
According to Rodriguez, her boss (and Versace USA CEO) Patrick Guadagno was verbally abusive toward her, would humiliate her in public by asking her to relay sexually explicit phone messages, and that he denied her compensation for working overtime. Rodriguez, 43, was fired after filing a complaint with Versace human resources. Can this be the same Versace that so delighted Nomi Malone in Showgirls? Apalling.
I say good for Rodriguez for suing this disgusting perv and standing up for her rights as a woman of color in the workplace. Versace is sexist in more ways than one, and I hope they end up paying for it.
What do you think?