A former vice president of digital marketing has sued L'Oral USA for race, sex and disability discrimination in a 40-page complaint describing "sex-fueled" parties on European business trips and a boss watching porn on his phone.
L'Oral denies the allegations, which it says it investigated but were uncorroborated by other employees, adding that she was fired for unprofessional conduct.
Amanda Johnson, an African-American executive, worked for two years on the Matrix and Biolage brands, got promoted quickly and was showcased as an example of diversity by L'Oral globally, according to her complaint in U.S. District Court in New York. She's seeking reinstatement, back pay, legal costs and punitive damages. Besides the parties and porn, Johnson also alleges she felt physically threatened by a colleague and suffered anxiety and depression from stress, which the complaint cites as her disability.