Versace Accused of Using Secret 'Code' for Black Customers

12/26/2016 12:40 AM PST


1222-versace-sued-02-tmz-gettyVersace secretly alerts staffers when an African-American person enters the store … according to an ex-employee who claims the company also dissed his fashion sense and then canned him.

The man worked in a Bay Area store, and in a lawsuit says a manager told him about a store code called “D410,” which was used to casually let co-workers know a black person was present — as in, we got a D410 in menswear.

BTW … that’s the code for all black shirts in Versace stores … according to the suit.

The employee says he shocked the manager by responding, “You know that I’m African-American?”

He says after that revelation they refused to give him rest breaks, and fired him after just 2 weeks. In the suit, he says he was told he was canned because he hadn’t “lived the luxury life.”

Translation: you got no swag, son.

He’s suing for unpaid wages and damages. Versace denied the allegations, and has already filed a request for dismissal of the suit.

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