Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2012

Orlo Stylist Sues Meatpacking District Salon

An owner of Orlo, known for its tight focus on the manes of the city’s fashion elite that pay up to $800.00 for a haircut, routinely belittled an African-American hair stylist with racial comments and verbally attacked her for bringing in black and Hispanic clients instead of white ones, a lawsuit charges.

Zandra Bennett is suing George Casson, accusing the part owner of Orlo of racial discrimination that she suffered while working there reported Thursday.

Set in the Meatpacking District walk-up, the salon earned its reputation for photo shoots for A-listers.

Casson reportedly told stylist Bennett “black hair doesn’t pay the bills in here.”

According to court papers seen by the New York Daily News, Bennett was blasted with racial slurs from Casson and a receptionist, Alfred Malavo.

Bennett claims Casson labeled her hair ‘nappy’ and steered black clients to her, telling her she “doesn’t know how to do white hair.” As well, Bennett claims Malavo called her names like ‘blackie’ and ‘n—-ette’ and ‘slave.’

Bennett was fired via text message in January 2011 when she was hospitalized for job-related stress.

Bennett is charging that Casson, his partner and the salon’s namesake Orlando Pita and Malavo, created a hostile and discriminatory work environment, according to the NYDailyNews.

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