Wet Seal Soaked for $7.5 Million in King of Prussia Race Case


In 2009, Nicole Cogdell was fired from her job as manager of the Wet Seal in the King of Prussia Mall shortly after she overheard a corporate VP tell one of her supervisors that she “wasn’t the right fit for the store” and that he “wanted someone with blonde hair and blue eyes.” Another black woman, who worked at the clothing store’s Cherry Hill and Center City locations, was told she’d be fired if she didn’t hire more white employees. One email from an exec even put it in starker terms: “African American [sic] dominate.” So, along with another plaintiff (all three are from Delaware County) they sued last summer.

And now they’ve won, as Wet Seal has agreed to pay out a $7.5 million settlement, most of which will go to current and former African-American store managers. The store is now promising to be more inclusive, etc., though that doesn’t actually mean you should shop there if you’re above the age of 17. [Philly.com]