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Disability discrimination leads to lawsuit in California

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Workplace Discrimination |

When the allegations of disability discrimination came out against Vera Wang, it made some major waves in Beverly Hills. This was big news because Vera Wang has designed dresses for countless A-list celebrities, and her California store is synonymous with the designer’s brand.

The individual bringing forth the legal action formerly worked as a seamstress at Vera Wang’s Rodeo Drive location. Her lawsuit was filed on Feb. 24, 2022, with the alleged disability discrimination related to the employee’s health as well as her age.

The former seamstress from Glendale is 64 years old. Her lawsuit has gone all the way up to Los Angeles Superior Court and may prove to be a landmark case for disability accommodation in the workplace.

Plaintiff claims management knew that she was injured and overworked

The seamstress is claiming that while working for Vera Wang, she was harassed, discriminated against, wrongfully terminated and subjected to retaliation. Furthermore, she alleges that she had emotional distress inflicted upon her in both a negligent and intentional fashion.

The seamstress first began her employment at Vera Wang’s Beverly Hills clothing store in May of 2010. Throughout that time, the heavy workload and extreme expectations resulted in the seamstress suffering from a number of injuries while on the job.

According to the plaintiff, her managers knew that she was being injured on the job. In spite of this, they continued to overburden her, even when she was supposed to be on vacation, thereby worsening the emotional and physical damage that had already been done.

The manager of the store has also been named as a defendant in this lawsuit. It has not been specified what kind of compensation or punitive damages the former Vera Wang seamstress is seeking from this legal action.