PRADA’S JAPAN TRIAL: The trial between Rina Bovrisse and Prada Japan got under way in Tokyo on Friday. Bovrisse, a former senior retail manager at the company, is suing for discrimination and harassment based on physical appearance. A lawyer for Prada Japan didn’t make any specific comments but indicated that the company denies the charges and plans to fight the claim in court. The company declined further comment until the legal proceedings progress further. Meanwhile, an attorney for Bovrisse claims that two other female former Prada employees plan to sue the company on similar grounds, although the women’s names were not disclosed. All three women are also planning to sue Hiroki Takahashi, the company’s senior personnel manager, on the grounds that rather than protect their human rights, he participated in harassment as well. Bovrisse is seeking compensation in the amount of 57,911,261 yen, or $622,753 at current exchange, for emotional distress and the loss of her salary during the time the case is undergoing trial. Legal proceedings could take as long as one to two years. The next court date is scheduled for July 2.
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