Adolfo Mendez, a salesman at the Gucci Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York, has filed a lawsuit against Gucci for sexual harassment. Mendez alleges that he was discriminated against and harassed by two gay bosses because he is straight.
Mendez claims that the general manager at Gucci Fifth Avenue, Michael Daly, came up behind him and gave him an unwanted massage, from his shoulders to his rear end. Mendez froze the first time this happened.
Several weeks later, Daly allegedly tried to give Mendez another massage, but Mendez rebuffed Daly’s advances and told Daly that he didn’t appreciate his ‘unprofessional’ behavior.
In addition, David Gray, who was Mendez’s direct boss, allegedly spoke about sex on an ongoing basis and told Mendez, “I know you’re gay.”
After Mendez complained to Gucci human resources about the hostile work environment, he was apparently placed on administrative leave and then fired less than two weeks later.
Mendez’s lawyer said, “Not only are the managers engaging in inappropriate sexual banter on a public floor, the HR department retaliated against the employee who brought it to their attention.”