Gucci Can't Skirt Axed Pregnant Worker's Discrimination Suit

By Maria Chutchian (August 21, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow Gucci America Inc. to dodge a lawsuit claiming it fired one of its buyers because she was pregnant, unconvinced by the luxury fashion line's claims that she was let go because of poor performance.

U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels said Erica Crisses, a high-level buyer in Gucci's U.S. merchandising unit, provided sufficient evidence to counter the company's assertions that she was refusing to implement the new president's directive for the brand. Judge Daniels denied Gucci's motion for summary judgment.

"GAI's behavior toward Crisses after learning of her pregnancy, their reluctance...

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