Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

Scientist Sues Revlon for Unsafe Practices, Anti-Semitism


A scientist who was fired from Revlon is suing the company because it ignored his safety concerns and because the defendant believes he was treated differently because he was Jewish and American, according to Reuters.

The suit was filed in a Manhattan federal court by Alan Meyers, who warned CEO Lorenzo Delpani that ingredients used and procedures employed at a Spanish factory were of questionable safety. Delpani dismissed Meyers’ claims as “ghost” problems and claimed he was slowing down production with his concerns. In addition, Meyers claims Delpani refused to listen to further details they would have “plausible deniability” if he were ever questioned, and of destroying emails about the problems. Meyers’ also had safety concerns about a factory in North Carolina.

Meyers said he was one of the only scientists who worked for Revlon who were American born, and Delpani, born in Italy, would often say Americans were “dirty” and “small-minded.” He also expressed surprise that there weren’t more Jewish executives at Revlon, because “Jews always stick together.” Delpani also made remarks about Ronald Perelman, Revlon’s controlling shareholder, but Perelman is not involved in the case.

Revlon denies the claims as “completely meritless, ” and claims that Meyers was fired because of repeated, “critical  lapses and he failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees.”

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