Peter Marino, the fashion industry’s most celebrated architect, is being sued for a second time in recent months for creating a hostile work environment, according to a lawsuit filed this past week in New York state court. In the suit, current employee Jonathan Michaud, claims that Marino, who is know for his work on retail stores, including Chanel, Bulgari, Ermenegildo Zegna, Christian Dior, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, among others, as well as his penchant for wearing biker-inspired looks, subjected him to “homophobic vitriol” and other “abuse” while he was on the clock.
According to the New York Post: “Openly gay senior textile specialist Jonathan Michaud claims celeb architect Peter Marino installed a ‘suggestive, phallic’ sculpture near his desk, displayed ‘gimp masks’ around the office, and gifted him with a designer penis ring.” As a result, Michaud is asking New York’s Supreme Court to award him an array of damages in connection therewith.
Marino’s attorney, Eric Herschmann, released a statement this weekend, saying: “The allegations have be thoroughly and completely investigated. They are baseless, and this is an employee that still works in the office and has never complained about anything.”
Michaud’s lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar suit filed by former employee Deirdre O’Brien, who alleged in a lawsuit in December that Marino regularly refers to female employees by calling them sexist and offensive names, and has a history of making racist statements about black employees. That case is still underway in New York Supreme Court.