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Alexander McQueen employees accused of racial harassment

A former security guard is accusing two of the luxury brand's retail employees of demeaning, horrifying racism, as revealed in a recent filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Alexander McQueen employees accused of racial harassment

 FILE - This Jan. 19, 2011 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the North Portico of the White House in Washington as they the arrival of China´s President Hu Jintao  for the State Dinner. Michelle Obama is wearing a fiery red gown designed by Alexander McQueen. Obama has proven her fashion savvy time and time again since she was introduced to the country as first lady on Inauguration Day 2009. In the past four years she has adeptly walked the line between directional fashionista and everywoman. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)<br />
FILE - This Jan. 19, 2011 file photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the North Portico of the White House in Washington as they the arrival of China's President Hu Jintao for the State Dinner. Michelle Obama is wearing a fiery red gown designed by Alexander McQueen. Obama has proven her fashion savvy time and time again since she was introduced to the country as first lady on Inauguration Day 2009. In the past four years she has adeptly walked the line between directional fashionista and everywoman. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)

A former security guard who worked at the Alexander McQueen boutique on West 14th Street in Manhattan is accusing two of the luxury brand's employees of demeaning, horrifying racism, as revealed in a recent filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and reported by the NY Post.

22-year-old Othman Ibela who hails from Gabon, a nation located in Centeral Africa, accuses the store's manager and a clerk of such awful attacks that he "wanted to kill them and kill myself. Then everybody would be a loser."

Ibela, who worked at the store from 2011-2013 under the security company SOS, alleges one employee “repeatedly made jokes about me running nude in Africa with a spear in my hand." The same employee would tell Ibela that President Obama and the First Family would be "kicked out of the White House and 'sent back to Africa' after the 2012 elections," the report states.

On an added note, the First Lady has worn McQueen items to events- the most memorable being a gorgeous, red McQueen number to a high-profile State Dinner with China's Hu Jintao in 2011.

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The alleged racist attacks created so much anxiety for Ibela that he had to be hospitalized and treated for depression. When the guard asked to be reassigned, his hours were cut in addition to pay, it says in the EEOC filing.

The situation quickly spiraled beyond Ibela's control that he later quit his job.

One accused employee denies all allegations, while the other rejected the Post's request to comment.

[NY Post]

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