By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 11:06 EST, 3 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:06 EST, 3 May 2012
One of New York’s most exclusive and expensive hair salons is embroiled in a bitter legal fight with an African-American hair stylist who is suing her former employers over racial discrimination she says she suffered while working there.
George Casson, a part owner of Orlo, a Manhattan salon that is frequented by A-listers including Naomi Campbell and Kirsten Dunst, is accused of telling stylist Zandra Bennett ‘black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here.’
Orlo is situated in the trendy Meatpacking district and charges $800 for a haircut.
Stylist Orlando Pita, part-owner of his namesake Orlo salon, works on Naomi Campbell’s look
Bennett started as an assistant in April 2010 and was promoted to stylist five months later.
According to court papers seen by the New York Daily News, Bennett was bombarded with racial slurs from Casson and a receptionist, Alfred Malavo.
She said Casson labelled her hair ‘nappy’ and steered black clients to her, telling her she ‘doesn’t know how to do white hair.’
Orlo is situated in the trendy Meatpacking district and is frequented by celebs including Kirsten Dunst
Bennett also said Malavo called her names like ‘blackie’ and ‘n—–ette’ and ‘slave.’
Bennett was fired by text message in January 2011 when she was hospitalized for job-related stress.
She is claiming that Casson, his partner and the salon’s namesake Orlando Pita and Malavo, created a hostile and discriminatory work environment.
Casson did not respond to calls for comment.
Orlo charges $800 for a haircut and counts amongst its customers Naomi Campbell