Last time we heard from former Prada Japan senior retail manager, Rina Bovrisse, she was headed to the United Nations to fight the countersuit that Prada had filed against her. Quick recap: Bovrisse filed filed a sexual harassment and unfair dismissal lawsuit against the Italian design house's Japanese subsidiary in a Tokyo court back in 2010, after her superiors called her "ugly" among other things. The judge ruled in Prada Japan's favor, even though the court did find that harassment occurred, and then 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.
Well, according to Buzzfeed, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is on Bovrisse's side. Following Bovrisse's April testimony in front of the Commissioner, in which she described herself as a “victim of harassment by the Prada Group,” the UN has urged Japan to adopt legislation that would make sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace illegal. An excerpt from the Commissioner's ruling says:
The Committee urges the State party to introduce in its legislation an offence of sexual harassment, in particular in the workplace, which carries sanctions proportionate to the severity of the offence. The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure that victims can lodge complaints without fear of retaliation. The Committee recommends that the State party continue to raise the public awareness against sexual harassment.
No word on the status of Prada's countersuit against Bovrisse yet. More to come ...