A federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut district court alleges that Vineyard Vines — the preppy fashion wear brand that has become synonymous with Edgartown summers — fostered a discriminatory workplace culture that favored young men over more experienced women.
In an 18-page complaint filed June 17, former employee Anne Dauer, 57, argues that she was fired from her job as senior vice president of retail after receiving heart surgery, and was replaced with a less experienced and younger male employee. The complaint also alleges that Ms. Dauer’s firing was in line with company culture that often exhibited gender and age-discriminatory practices and unfair compensation.
The complaint describes an alleged “increasingly ageist, sexist culture,” that was cultivated inside the company over a period of years. In an emailed statement, a spokesman and chief legal counsel for Vineyard Vines, Justin Zamparelli, disputed the claims and said the company plans to vigorously contest the lawsuit in court.