By John Suayan | May 1, 2018


HOUSTON – A high-end clothing retailer has been sued by a former customer sales representative who alleges he was fired because he is Asian.

Trieu D. Le filed a federal lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on Apr. 27, stating the termination in question was a retaliatory response to his grievances about discrimination.

Abercrombie employed Le at its branch at First Colony Mall in Sugar Land from September 2015 to May 2016.

The plaintiff, who is of Vietnamese national origin, alleges the defendant’s managers “would mock his accent repeatedly which caused him great stress and embarrassment.”

He adds his superiors also made comments suggesting that he emitted a foul odor and would spray air fresheners at him.

Court papers assert employees who were not Asian or Vietnamese were not mistreated.

Le raised the issue with the store’s human resources department only to be terminated, the original petition says.

Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Joshua A. Verde of The Verde Law Firm, PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-1342

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