“Black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here” is the alleged statement made by Orlo’s part owner George Casson to stylist Zandra Bennett. For that, and statements made showing displeasure with Bennett bringing in Black and Hispanic clients, she is suing the über expensive NYC salon.
The Daily News reports that Bennett started as an assistant in April 2010. Until being fired in January 2011, she was “barraged with racial comments” from Casson and a receptionist. She was constantly called names like “blackie” and “n—–ette” and “slave.”
Shockingly, the Meatpacking District shop brags of a high-profile client list, including Black supermodel Naomi Campbell. Orlando Pita (the salon’s namesake) had styled her hair for years; however, Bennett charges that he created a hostile and discriminatory environment.