Former Marc Jacobs executive resolves lawsuit against fashion label that claimed it was a “sexually-charged workplace”
A former executive has resolved his lawsuit claiming fashion star Marc Jacobs” longtime business partner made the New York-based design house a “sexually charged workplace” where a store worker had to do a pole dance.
Court records show Patrice Lataillade”s case against Marc Jacobs International LLC was officially closed last week after both sides filed papers saying it was over.
A spokeswoman for the company and parentLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton says only the lawsuit was “resolved tothe satisfaction of both parties.”
Resolved: Marc Jacobs (right) pictured with his label”s president, Robert Duffy are no longer in a legal battle with former COO Patrice Lataillade
Lataillade”s lawyer didn”t return a call yesterday.
Lataillade was Marc Jacobs International”s chief financial officer. He said he was fired last year for complaining about President Robert Duffy”s antics.
A suit filed by his lawyers in March claimed that Mr Duffy “uses companyfunds for personal expenses and does not censor what he does or says.”
Italso alleged: “There have been sexual harassment cases threatened or brought against defendants based on Duffy”s conduct. Because Duffy (correctly) believed that he would not be punished for his conduct, it grew increasingly worse.”
But according to the label, which is owned by fashion powerhouse LVMH, Patrice Lataillade falsely boosted the company”s financial performance in order that he could claim a larger bonus.
Lawyers for Marc Jacobs International claimed that audits of the companyfinances found that Mr Lataillade”s “false and inflated entries” were in excess of $20 million.