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Prada Files Countersuit Against Former Retail Manager

The Italian company fights an ex-employee over sexual harassment claims.

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PRADA STRIKES BACK: The legal wrangling continues between Prada Japan and Rina Bovrisse, a former retail manager accusing the company's managers of sexual harassment and discrimination. Bovrisse confirmed that both Prada Luxembourg and Prada Japan have filed a countersuit against her alleging that she has made false statements. The case's first hearing was held Tuesday in Tokyo but neither Bovrisse or her lawyers attended the session. A Prada spokeswoman declined to comment but Bovrisse said the Italian house is asking for 33 million yen, or about $390,126, in damages. "I'm not really worried about it," Bovrisse said, adding that she is meeting with United Nations human rights officials in the coming weeks to discuss her case. "I didn't say anything untrue."

As reported, Bovrisse is suing Prada for about 58 million yen, or $686,236. She alleges that Prada Japan chief executive Davide Sesia asked her to "eliminate" about 30 retail staff members because he considered them overweight or unattractive. Another hearing for the case is scheduled for Sept. 3.

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