You may remember that former Prada Japan senior retail manager, Rina Bovrisse, filed a sexual harassment and unfair dismissal lawsuit against the Italian design house's Japanese subsidiary back in 2010. According to Bovrisse's complaint, Prada managers had pressured a number of female employees (including herself) into resigning after calling them "aged, ugly, fat, disgusting and not cute, and as [having] bad body shapes and bad teeth." This past October, the judge ruled in Prada Japan's favor, even though the court did find that harassment occurred. (The judge stated, however, that Bovrisse had failed to sufficiently establish her claim that Prada's managers had called her "ugly."). Prada Japan and Prada SA Luxembourg (the owner of the Prada trademark) filed a $780,000 countersuit against Bovrisse in the same court for defamation in July.
According to Buzzfeed, Bovrisse is fighting Prada's countersuit. She is set to appear at the United Nations in Geneva on April 30, when the UN's High Commissioner of Human Rights presents a counter-report on the case's ruling to Japanese Parliament. The report, provided by the Working Women's Network, recommends establishing "explicit provisions for penalties on sexual harassment in the Equal Employment Opportunity Law." Bovrisse is not sure if she'll appeal the court's October ruling, but she's going to the UN "to fight for female rights here, especially in the fashion industry," she says. "Prada is not doing the right thing. They're making profits from women, meanwhile all these women working for Prada are suffering."