Suit: Marc Jacobs co. leader had worker pole-dance

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 8:33 PM
Suit: Marc Jacobs co. leader had worker pole-dance

A former executive says fashion star Marc Jacobs' longtime business partner made a store worker do a pole dance and otherwise made the New York-based design house a "sexually charged workplace."

Former chief financial officer Patrice Lataillade says in a lawsuit that he was fired in September for complaining about the antics of Marc Jacobs International LLC President Robert Duffy. The company said Wednesday that Lataillade was fired over "serious matters" unrelated to his allegations, and it will fight the claims vigorously.

Lataillade's lawsuit says Duffy also made employees look at pornography and often talked about sex in the office. The suit says a company lawyer brushed off two employees' complaints about Duffy.

Lataillade sued Duffy, the company and corporate parent LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Tuesday.