Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com wonders if the Ralph Lauren tribute on last night’s Vogue/VH1 Fashion show was an effort to improve the company’s image. Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs got to toast Lauren, and clips were shown of Oprah Winfrey and other high-profile African Americans saluting the fashion mogul. This likely was in response to the August 19 story in the Wall Street Journal that said: “For years, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. has grappled with racial issues in the workplace. Minority employees claim that there have been occasions when white managers have instructed African-American and Hispanic sales associates to leave the sales floor and work in the stockroom, as well as times when Polo passed over minority employees for promotion despite the fact that they were more qualified than their white counterparts.”
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