"Ex-Polo Ralph Lauren Employees File Suit Alleging Discrimination" by Teri Agins and Jerry Markon (2002)

NEW YORK -- Two former Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. employees who received a "right to sue" determination from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging that the fashion house denied them the same pay and job opportunities as white employees.

The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Feb. 22. Henry Williams, an African-American, worked for five years at Polo's shops inside Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's. Gerardeen Benedict, of Filipino descent, formerly worked in Polo's human resources, from 1997 to 1999. Both filed EEOC petitions against Polo after each resigned in 1999.

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