Kelle Azzopardi: Former Giorgio Armani employee files sexual harassment lawsuit against female boss

Models walks the runway at the Giorgio Armani Autumn Winter 2012 fashion show.

It’s been said that one must have thick skin to make it in the fashion industry – Former executive assistant for the Giorgio Armani Corporation, Kelle Azzopardi, knows this to be true.

Azzopardi filed a lawsuit claiming the company ignored her sexual harassment complaints and subsequently fired her.

According the Business Insider, Azzopardi filed a wrongful termination suit on Monday. The former executive assistant claims her then-boss, Laura Giulini, sexually harassed the young employee in the office by removing her pants and exposing herself. The incident allegedly took place in June 2012.  

Giulini was the senior vice president for wholesale apparel at the Giorgio Armani Corporation but left the luxury brand in October 2012 to become the managing director at Zadig & Voltaire, according to Business Insider.

Azzopardi claims her complaint was ignored as she reported the incident to human resources but they did nothing to prevent a similar event happening again. Azzopardi also claims Giulini admitted at her going-away party to trying to fire the former executive assistant.

In November 2012, Azzopardi was ultimately fired after “Armani trumped up negative reports about her work performance.” Azzopardi claims she always received “stellar reviews” from other executives of the company.

“Instead of taking reasonable steps to protect Ms. Azzopardi from discrimination, verbal and physical abuse, and harassment, Armani unlawfully terminated Ms. Azzopardi from her employment for alleged complaints from executives (which was simply a pretext for the termination) and in retaliation for her complaints to supervisors and the human resources department of Armani,” Azzopardi says in her complaint.

In her lawsuit Azzopardi is asking to be compensated for past or future income she lost after getting fired. She is also seeking monetary damages for mental anguish and emotional distress.


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