Client alert by Nishimura – On May 17, 2013, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Japan to adopt legislation that would make sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace illegal. This recommendation came in response to Ms. Rina Bovrisse's nearly four-year battle with Prada Japan. According to mediasources, Ms. Bovrisse sued the company after Prada Japan’sCEO David Sesia allegedly demoted or dismissed female staffmembers whom he deemed visually unappealing. Ms.Bovrisse reportedly objected to this conduct, and wassubsequently criticized for her own appearance, offered ademotion to an entry-level sales staff position, and then urged toresign. Instead, Ms. Bovrisse leaked her story to the press andsued Prada Japan.
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