Popular jewelry retailer Tiffany & Company sued for ongoing pattern of racial bias.

A group director for the jewelry retailer Tiffany & Company sued the company in federal court on Thursday, accusing his employer of a “systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination.” According to the complaint, of the more than 200 management positions that represent Tiffany to the public, a range that includes executive officers, store directors and members of the board of directors, only one is held by an African-American employee: Michael McClure, the plaintiff in this lawsuit.

Robert D. Kraus, the lawyer representing Mr. McClure, says that pattern, along with his client’s experience, demonstrates “racial bias in the belief, conscious or otherwise, that African-Americans are not appropriate ambassadors for the iconic, luxurious and sophisticated Tiffany brand.”

Read it at NY Times.