A top Revlon executive sacked last month has alleged that the beauty giant’s Italian boss made anti-Semitic remarks towards him, including a claim that “Jews stick together”.B6Z_Ux4IYAE6Xnj

Alan Meyers, Revlon’s former chief scientific officer who is now claiming unfair dismissal, said chief executive Lorenzo Delpani made the comment whilst expressing his surprise that there were not more Jews working at the firm.

The comment is believed to have been in reference to billionaire owner Ronald Perelman, Revlon’s controlling shareholder, who is also Jewish.

In an inflammatory lawsuit, Meyers says he was treated differently because he was Jewish and alleges that Italian CEO Delpani also said he could “smell” when a black person entered a room, following a trip to South Africa.

Revlon has denied claims of discrimination and hit out at Meyers’ insistence that he was fired after raising safety concerns. “We will aggressively fight these baseless claims and this frivolous action,” the company said in the statement.