Former executive files lawsuit against Alex and Ani

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A former executive has filed a lawsuit against Alex and Ani.

Michael Mota alleges that the Rhode Island-based jewelry company created a hostile work environment.

Mota’s lawsuit looks to sue the company, CEO Carolyn Rafaelian and Senior Vice President Suzanne Turcotte.

The allegations include events of sexual discrimination, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Mota was fired last year by the company.

Gregg Perry, a spokesperson for Alex and Ani, refuted the claims, saying Mota never worked for Alex and Ani directly and his termination was non-discriminatory.

Mr. Mota was terminated from Seven Swords Media, LLC more than a year ago when his position was eliminated as part of a restructuring of Seven Swords. He never worked for Alex and Ani. However, even if he had not otherwise been terminated as part of the Seven Swords restructuring, there were numerous documented, legitimate and non-discriminatory grounds that supported his termination from Seven Swords, including his inappropriate and unprofessional management style. In addition, Mr. Mota has admitted publicly in his interview with the Providence Business News that his termination was part of dissolving the Seven Swords entity.

Mr. Mota’s allegations are both factually and legally wrong, and the company will vigorously defend this suit. Alex and Ani is confident that these baseless claims will ultimately be rejected by a judge or a jury.”

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