By  on May 19, 2017
Shoe designer Gianvito Rossi speaks during the Gianvito Rossi boutique opening at South Coast Plaza on April 27, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Gianvito Rossi is pushing back against claims of racism and prejudice toward a black former employee and black customers, including tennis star Serena Williams.

Whitney Wilburn told a New York Supreme Court on Thursday that while she worked for the luxury shoe brand as a buyer and retail manager in Manhattan for about two years she was subject to hostile treatment “based on her race and age” from her manager, Grace Mazzilli, who is white.

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