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Ex-employees allege discrimination, call for holiday boycott of Saks Fifth Ave

November 20, 2018 - 6:48 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Well, there's no time like the present, and just ahead of the holiday shopping season lawyers for a group of men had a little present for Saks Fifth Avenue.

They're calling for a worldwide boycott of Saks, Lord & Taylor, and all Hudson Bay Company owned stores.

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They say the group of now ex-employees could not advance because of a glass ceiling for people of color and a certain age.

The men say they were hired back in 2010 and 2011 at the company's high-end flagship in Midtown. They say they were placed in sales in the men's department with limited customer traffic -- far removed from the department's front entrance, putting them at a disadvantage.

According to their suit, while each man was committed to maintaining Saks' reputation as a luxury retailer by providing stellar customer service, their respective managers allegedly 'deliberately' targeted them because of their age and race.

One of the guys said one of his colleagues accused him of 'speaking ghetto, and ebonics to black customers,' and told him he needed to stop doing that.

Attorney Derek Sells said a lack of black employees in senior management is 'very disturbing, and it needs to change.'

Hudson Bay wouldn't comment on the pending litigation, but said the company takes such allegations seriously and that it is committed to diversity and inclusion across the organization.