It’s no secret that sales at Wet Seal, the Orange County, California, teen apparel clothier, have been steadily declining. Now they’re facing more trouble as three former managers have filed a lawsuit against them, claiming Wet Seal discriminates against its African-American workers.
The lawsuit alleges that Wet Seal fired and denied promotion to its employees of color. These discriminatory policies comply with the company’s alleged philosophy that white workers better fit the “brand image.”
One of the employees even claimed she was replaced by a white employee who had less experience after hearing her manager say she wanted a worker with “blonde hair and blue eyes.”
In the wake of the race discrimination lawsuit, CEO Susan McGalla has been fired without a replacement. The company is denying the allegations.