A federal lawsuit has been filed claiming that the owner of a high-end perfume store referred to African Americans as “thieves” and used a special code to alert security whenever black people came into the store. “We need the light bulbs changed,” were the words that would be uttered to let security know that a black person had come into the store.
Veronica Robledo and Karin Widmann are seeking $3 million in damages in the lawsuit, accusing Laurice Rahme of violating their civil right and firing them for speaking up about her racist policies. The lawsuit cites a “pattern of racism against customers and employees.”
Robledo also says that her boss would not let her serve white customers because she had dark skin.
“I was very offended,” Robledo, told the New York Daily News. “The last eight months were torture. I was afraid to speak to a black customer. ”
Robledo is suing the Bond No. 9 perfume shop for $3 million for the incident. She says that when she and Widmann spoke up about the racism, they were fired and accused of stealing. Rahme says that her former employees are simply disgruntled and that she’s not a racist. She also says that she “loves” her black customers.
Rahme also mentioned that she once had a black boyfriend, which she seems to feel makes a difference.