EX-WORKER SUES FENDI STORE, CHARGES SEXUAL HARASSMENT
NEW YORK — A former saleswoman at the Fendi store on Fifth Avenue has hit the retailer with a $1.15 million lawsuit, charging her supervisor with sexual harassment and preventing her from achieving certain sales goals.
In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Johanna E. Thormann said that her troubles with her supervisor, Jack Cohen, managing director of furs at the store, began a few months after she was hired in June 1992.
She charges Cohen “falsely accused her of engaging in sexual acts with male and female customers” and “routinely launched vicious verbal attacks shouting profanities at her and calling her derogatory and demeaning names.”
Thormann contends Cohen refused on several occasions to authorize her to give her customers discounts, as he did with male salespeople.
Thormann said that when she complained about Cohen’s conduct to her superiors, she was told “to deal with it” on her own. Shortly after she complained, Thormann claims she was fired.
Fendi officials could not be reached for comment. — Fairchild News Service