Tiffany manager sues, says retailer discriminated

AP News
Posted: May 30, 2014 2:19 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A manager at Tiffany & Co. says the luxury jewelry company discriminated against him and other blacks.

The complaint, filed in federal court Thursday in New York, says blacks are underrepresented in management-level positions at Tiffany and excluded from executive-level roles. It says that the plaintiff, Michael McClure, is the only African-American in the more than 200 U.S. management positions at Tiffany.

The complaint says McClure, group director in Houston, was placed on warning and was threatened with termination after a performance review that he says was unfair. The complaint also says that McClure got an unsigned letter saying that a Tiffany executive had said he was surprised that "a black man is representing the Tiffany brand."

Tiffany says in a statement that the lawsuit allegations are without merit.