The CEO of Revlon is being sued by a former employee for allegedly making racist and bigoted remarks against Blacks, Americans and Jews. According to the new lawsuit, the Revlon CEO hates “dirty” Americans, thinks Jews “stick together” and believes he can “smell” Black people when they walk into a room.
In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Alan Meyers claimed that CEO Lorenzo Delpani accused him of raising “ghost” safety problems and was discriminated against because of his Jewish heritage.
Meyers, who joined Revlon in 2010 and fired last month,claims Delpani was hostile to him, frequently chastising him in front of other employees and making racist comments.
Revlon CEO, Lorenzo Delpani, made the bigoted comments after taking over in 2013, according to a discrimination suit filed by the former chief scientific officer.
Delpani allegedly told Meyers he was “shocked” there weren’t more Jews at the company because the biggest shareholder is Ron Perelman, a prominent Jewish American, according to the suit. Meyers also claimed the CEO treated him differently from other members of his team because he was Jewish and American-born.
“Jews stick together,” Delpani commented. He also allegedly added that “thankfully,” Perelman “is not like that anymore.”
Delpani claims he hates living among Americans, whom he called “small-minded” and “dirty,” and said he can’t wait to get back to a “real” country, according to suit.
Meyers also alleges Delpani made a racist comment after a meeting in South Africa, when he said he “could smell a Black person when he entered a room.”
In addition, Delpani went on an “anti-American tirade” in which he said the US is getting closer to being like ISIS.
Revlon has responded to the suit calling it “completely meritless,” and said Meyers “repeatedly demonstrated critical lapses in judgment and failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees.”
“We will aggressively fight these baseless claims and this frivolous action,” said Revlon.
Meyers says the stress from the ordeal has forced him into the hospital with chest pains, according to the lawsuit.
Meyers is demanding unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.