A man has come forward claiming he witnessed racism while working at one of Louis Vuitton’s flagship stores in central London.
According to sales associate Oliver Koffi, he alleges his boss at the location told an African employee: “Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor.”
Koffi, who is African, also claims he was in a stock room packing a pair of shoes for a customer when his manager began the jaw-dropping rant.
He alleges the supervisor bashed President Barack Obama and said America would be better off having “Miss Piggy” run the country because “Muslim people… don’t eat pork.”
Koffi, who was a contract worker at the flagship store at London’s famous department store Selfridges, says he was left humiliated by the public act and is suing Louis Vuitton for racist discrimination and harassment.
“During this discussion, my manager quite randomly stated that ‘black people are slaves and eat dirt off the floor,’” Koffi says in official papers that will be presented to a Central London Employment Tribunal on July 18.
“This comment was grossly offensive and extremely humiliating. His reference to slavery in this day and age with regards to black people is quite frankly revolting.”
He also said he began recording his boss’ remarks after his alleged “racist conduct.”
“He went on a rant about black people and other races and religions. He jumped from subject to subject, making comments about other races and religions. He made comments about Barack Obama,” he continues.
Along with these alleged comments, Koffi claims the manager often quizzed him about his nationality. He’d ask, “Where are you originally from?” and referred to customers by the color of their skin.
A spokeswoman for Louis Vuitton addressed the situation in a statement yesterday:
“Louis Vuitton has a zero-tolerance policy to harassment of any kid. This reported sentiment is in total violation of the Louis Vuitton Ethical charter. This issue was investigated, and the manager in question no longer works within the company.”