Revlon finds itself mired in a bit of a scandal thanks to a lawsuit claiming the company’s CEO, Lorenzo Delpani, allegedly made racist remarks against black and Jewish people. Alan Meyers, a former scientist for the cosmetics brand, says that during his tenure there, he endured Delpani’s racist remarks, tirades and generally disrespectful treatment.
The New York Post reports that Meyers was fired last month from the beauty brand, and the scientist claims that ever since he brought up safety concerns with production, he’d become Delpani’s target. According to the suit, the Italian-born boss made offensive comments about Meyers’ Jewish heritage, allegedly remarking how surprised he was that the company did not have a larger Jewish workforce since Revlon’s largest shareholder is Ron Perelman and “Jews stick together,” before mentioning how happy he was that Perelman had abandoned the storied practice.
Delpani also allegedly made comments about black people, saying that he “could smell a black person when he entered a room” after attending a meeting in South Africa.
Revlon’s people are chalking up the issues to Meyers being a bitter ex-employee, saying that his performance at the company was unsatisfactory, so he was let go. “Mr. Meyers repeatedly demonstrated critical lapses in judgment and failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees,” a spokesperson for the brand said.
Meyers is seeking damages for his treatment at the company.
[via New York Post]