Tiffany & Co. has been slapped with a racial discrimination lawsuit. According to Michael McClure, 45, a group director for two Tiffany stores in Texas, the jewelry company engages in a “systemic, nationwide pattern and practice of racial discrimination” and as a result, of the more than 200 management positions that represent Tiffany to the public, a range that includes executive officers, store directors and members of the board of directors, only one is held by an African-American employee: McClure.

In his lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in the Southern District of New York,  McClure claims his own job is in danger due to Tiffany’s “antiquated” view that black individuals cannot adequately represent a luxury brand. Case in point, says McClure: The jewelry retailer has nine board members, 12 executive officers and 50 vice presidents, none of which are black.

Tiffany’s response? “The lawsuit allegations are completely without merit, and the many mischaracterizations will be addressed through the legal process. We welcome and value diversity in all forms and emphasize personal accountability and professionalism in a respectful and fair work environment.” More to come …