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American Apparel pay ex employee $300k in race lawsuit

PAYOUT: An American Apparel store

CLOTHING COMPANY American Apparel has been forced to payout a $343,000 to an ex employee who was repeatedly called a ‘n***er’ by a store supervisor.

Christopher Renfro sued the retailer in 2008 after repeatedly being called the offensive term by supervisor, Sean Alonzo.

Although Alonzo admitted to using the word during a business trip with Renfro to renovate American Apparel stores in Tennessee, he claimed he was only singing the lyrics to a rap song.

It has been reported that Renfro was awarded $342,919.95 in damages, costs and attorney’s fees, after a judge ruled in his favor on Thursday (July 7).

In a statement American Apparel said: “American Apparel is committed to a discrimination free workplace and has a zero tolerance policy towards any acts of discrimination.”

They added: “Mr. Renfro's claim of racial discrimination is the first and only claim of racial discrimination made by the Company's 10,000+ employees.”

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