An 85-year-old Kentucky woman is suing Banana Republic and her parent company Gap Inc., claiming she has been discriminated against because of her age and disability, and & # 39; cruel & # 39; is being treated by her 29-year-old supervisor.
Nina Zarocostas, a mother and grandmother from Lexington, filed a complaint with Fayette Circuit Court on September 16 and named her former employer and Andrea Moberly, the general manager of the Banana Republic store in Fayette Mall, where she had worked for 13 years as the defendants.
According to the 16-page complaint, Zarocostas was hired as a seller in the store when she was 72 years old.
Nina Zarocostas, 85 (left), has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Banana Republic, and her former manager, Andrea Moberly (right), 29, who claims discrimination based on age and disability
Zarocostas was hired as a seller in the Banana Republic at Fayette Mall in Lexington, Kentucky when she was 72 years old.
Zarocostas reportedly distinguished itself as a top seller and achieved its sales goals
During her tenure in the store, Zarocostas – a striking brunette with a preference for bold makeup and leopard print-outfits – distinguished herself as a top seller selling millions of dollars in products before she & # 39; was brutally discriminated against and retaliated and illegally deported earlier this year & # 39 ;.
The lawsuit points out that Zarocostas has consistently achieved its sales objectives and achieved high levels in the company's metric program called & # 39; Banana Republic Platinum Circle & # 39 ;.
She also received awards for her & # 39; great service & # 39; at the company.
A few years after joining Banana Republic, Zarocostas was diagnosed with knee arthritis, causing her legs to be in pain for a long time because she was away from work for a long time.
A few years after she was hired, Zarocostas was diagnosed with arthritis in her knees and told her doctor that she had to take regular breaks at work
By the time she turned 80, Zarocostas was diagnosed with a permanent disability due to arthritis in both knees.
As a result, her orthopedic surgeon gave her a letter stating that she needed rest breaks.
According to the lawsuit, the company initially applied the work restrictions of the saleswoman.
As time went on, the condition of Zarocostas deteriorated and she gave additional letters from her doctor saying she needed 10 minutes of breaks for every hour of work.
Store management continued to offer accommodations for its disability, and according to the complaint, Zarocostas continued to thrive & # 39; as an employee and was planning to stay in the store for many years to come.
In May 2018, the Banana Republic store at Fayette Mall engaged Andrea Moberly as general manager.
According to the lawsuit, the 29-year-old supervisor & # 39; did not like the fact that (Zarocostas) was elderly and took disability interruptions at work & # 39 ;, and allegedly began to focus on and harass the octogenic employee .
The court document claims that despite letters from the doctor of Zarocostas, Moberly intended to cruelly rob & hold her pauses to make her suffer and eventually force her out of the store & # 39 ;.
DailyMail.com reached Moberly by phone at the store on Wednesday, but declined to comment on the lawsuit and said that that information was & # 39; confidential & # 39; used to be. She promised to call back.
Zarocostas & # 39; lawsuit claims that Moberly began by informing her that she was no longer allowed to take her ten-minute break.
When the woman complained about her treatment with a colleague, Moberly reportedly got angry, Zarocostas pulled aside and told her that she was not allowed to pass on the content of their conversation about her breaks.
Zarocostas later contacted the Banana Republic district manager to complain about what the lawsuit describes as illegal labor practices and Moberly's behavior toward her.
The lawsuit claims that when Moberly (left) was hired as general manager in May 2018, she allegedly began to focus on Zarocostas (right) because of her age and disability
In response, the manager & # 39; malicious & # 39; have taken revenge by repeatedly chopping up the saleswoman's working hours and ultimately leaving her only two three-hour services a week, as part of an alleged plan to force the 85-year-old woman and replace her with someone younger, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint continues with Moberly's accusation of isolating Zarocostas, preparing disciplinary reports against her, subjecting her to increased control and harassing her at work & to the point that (she) began suffer from anxiety, sadness, chest pain and arrhythmia. & # 39;
The 29-year-old manager is said to have humiliated Zarocostas by asking her to use the bathroom at work, according to the file.
& # 39; As an 85-year-old disabled woman, Plaintiff Zarocostas felt humiliated and ashamed of the humiliating and hateful treatment of defendant Moberly, & # 39; explains the lawsuit,
After she had cut her hours, Zarocostas was forced to stop because she could not make ends meet by working only six hours a day, the complaint says.
The civil lawsuit alleges disability and age discrimination, retaliation, harassment, indignation, negligent hiring, training and supervision.
Zarocostas claims non-specified punitive damage and additional costs.
DailyMail.com contacted Gap Inc., the parent company of Banana Republic, on Wednesday afternoon to comment on the lawsuit and awaited a reply.
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