Shegerian & Associates to Help Man Pursue Discrimination, Harassment and Wrongful Termination Charges Against Jimmy Choo

& Associates, Inc
., a Santa Monica-based litigation law firm
specializing in employee rights, has announced that it is representing
John Ornelas, a 40-year-old gay Latino man who claims to have endured a
litany of harassing, discriminatory behavior at the hands of his
supervisor at the Jimmy Choo store in Beverly Hills where he worked. In
his complaint, Ornelas also claims that after he reported the
mistreatment, he was wrongfully terminated.

Shegerian & Associates founder Carney Shegerian describes the case as a
distinct violation of the labor code and an example of egregious
wrongful termination coupled with discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and on the basis of race.

Ornelas was hired in 2011 as a sales associate at Jimmy Choo. In 2012,
he began working at the Rodeo Drive store where at all times he
performed his job duties in an exemplary manner. After working at the
Beverly Hills location for about a month, Ornelas claims that his
immediate supervisor began regularly insulting and mocking him, often
using derogatory terms to describe his homosexuality and Hispanic
background. Ornelas repeatedly asked the supervisor to stop tormenting
him, but in his complaint, he describes how she persisted – even going
as far as using flippant derogatory terms after Ornelas’ partner of 12
years tragically passed away.

Ornelas reported the discriminatory and harassing behavior to management
multiple times but nothing was done to improve his situation, and he
claims the discrimination, in fact, became worse. According to Ornelas’
complaint, things came to a boiling point one day in October of 2014,
when he was helping a group of customers with a sale. He explains that
his supervisor suddenly approached and claimed, “I’m taking this sale”
and reported the sale as her own. According to Ornelas, when he
confronted the supervisor before management, the supervisor claimed,
“They will always choose me over some gay Mexican trash like you.”
Management credited the sale to Ornelas, but two days later, Ornelas
claims the supervisor told him, “you’re finished.” He was terminated
that day.

“The treatment that Mr. Ornelas endured by his supervisor at Jimmy Choo
was despicable,” said Shegerian. “And when he tried to do something
about it, he was wrongfully terminated. Unfortunately, this is yet
another example of a successful company not following its own rules, let
alone the labor code – and costing a hard-working exemplary employee his
livelihood and emotional distress in the process. People in positions of
power harassing and discriminating against their employees is a huge
problem that simply must stop. It’s our job to help Mr. Ornelas seek
justice and hopefully make a public statement that this kind of abuse –
in any workplace – cannot be tolerated.”

(Case no. BC617111)

Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm
specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged
by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and
possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney
Shegerian, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner for 2013, has won 73
jury trials in his career, including 31 seven figure verdicts),
Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of
its clients. For more information about the firm, visit

Media Contact: To arrange interviews about this case with Carney
Shegerian or Ted Rall, please contact Paul Williams, 310/569-0023,


Shegerian & Associates
Paul Williams, 310/569-0023