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New York: An Indian-American country manager of the famous Spanish fashion retail brand Zara, has been sued by a former employee for discrimination.

Ian Jack Miller, a former general counsel of Zara, has filed a discrimination lawsuit in a New York court against the retailer’s US country manager Dilip Patel and its former chief executive officer Moises Costas Rodriguez, claiming he was fired in March because he is “Jewish, American, and gay”, Spanish news agency Efe reported.

Patel is the country manager for Zara USA and works at Zara’s Manhattan office, while Rodriguez is a former CEO of Zara USA and the current director of expansion for North and South America.

The lawsuit alleged that Patel had a strong personal connection to the company’s founder and as a result of this personal connection, he engaged in discriminatory and harassing conduct with impunity.

“Miller is seeking damages totalling over $40 million for a hostile work environment, pay discrimination, and discriminatory and retaliatory termination,” said a spokesman for the plaintiff’s law firm.

When Zara USA’s top executives learned that Miller was Jewish, he was shut out of meetings, annual increases to his salary and bonus dropped sharply, and ultimately he was “unceremoniously” fired after seven years of service, the lawsuit further added.

In a statement, Zara USA said that the accusations by its former employee were “shocking” and that it would vigorously defend itself in court.

The brand faced similar accusations most recently when last year the company was forced to issue an apology in response to an uproar over a T-shirt it produced that resembled a Nazi concentration camp uniform. (IANS)

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Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel

The fresh dispute comes weeks after Israel criticised a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes

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Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.
Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv. Wikimedia Commons

Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust, the media reported.

The Tel Aviv police have launched an inquiry after profanities and the word “murderer” were also discovered on Sunday, reports the BBC.

Morawiecki’s made the controversial remarks at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

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The comments have been strongly condemned by Israel.

Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland's embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.
Swastikas were drawn on the gates of Poland’s embassy in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv. Wikimedia Commons

He has since said through a spokeswoman that he did not intend to blame Jewish victims for “a Nazi German perpetrated genocide”.

The fresh dispute comes weeks after Israel criticised a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes.

The legislation was signed into law by President Andrzej Duda but also referred to the country’s highest court to consider its constitutionality. (IANS)

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