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Former L’Oréal exec suing for discrimination, alleges lewd office behavior

A former L’Oréal marketing exec is exposing the alleged ugly side of the beauty brand in an explosive new lawsuit.

Amanda Johnson is suing the cosmetics giant for discrimination, and claims she endured a toxic work environment.

Johnson claims she was fired by phone after being promoted to assistant VP of digital marketing, and that her boss Dan Bethelmy Rada would have “all-night benders and hotel parties . . . for which Rada expected Johnson to enlist ‘recruits,’ ” says the suit, filed in New York federal court.

Johnson claimed she witnessed a male executive watching porn during a business meeting, as well as sex-fueled parties at luxury European hotels during work trips, plus racist hostility from management.

The complaint also states that Johnson felt physically threatened by a fellow VP, Nicolas Krafft. She said she was fired after she submitted an internal complaint to Rada.

A L’Oréal spokesperson refuted the claims as “baseless,” telling us: “Amanda Johnson was fired for a pattern of unprofessional conduct that surfaced during her final months at the company, including what in our view was abusive and threatening behavior toward colleagues, serious lapses in judgment, and declining performance.” The rep added, “After she was let go, Ms. Johnson raised some alarming allegations about her manager and certain co-workers through a lawyer. We took her allegations seriously and investigated them all with great care, as they had not been reported to [HR] when she was with the company.”

Johnson’s lawyers fired back: “L’Oréal’s public response to Ms. Johnson’s complaint shows that the company holds underrepresented minorities to a different standard in all respects. L’Oréal again has wrongfully tried to discredit and punish the victim, an African-American woman, by choosing to accept a false version of events as told by a few white employees on its payroll.

L’Oréal’s so-called ‘investigation’ conducted ‘with great care’ did not even include asking Ms. Johnson for her side of the story.”

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