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Black store managers sue Wet Seal for discrimination

Plaintiffs seek class action status, claim bias is companywide policy

Former employees of Wet Seal Inc. are suing the clothing retailer for racial discrimination, claiming that the store was biased against black managers because they didn’t mesh with the image Wet Seal wanted to portray. According to the lawsuit, their “brand image” is “blond hair and blue eyes.”

In a statement, Wet Seal responded that it is an equal opportunity employer, Thomson Reuters reports. “We deny any and all allegations of race discrimination and will vigorously defend this matter," the statement reads.

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