An ex-employee of Tiffany & Co, Kristin Rightnour is suing the company following her dismissal over an alleged anti-Semitic comment made to a Jewish co-worker.

Rightnour, who worked as the director of marketing is seeking unspecified damages, denying claims she had told her colleague "the Jewish people killed Jesus."

Rightnour did, however, emphasise the fact that she is a devout Catholic, and that it is a standard Catholic belief.

Tiffany & Co have yet to comment on the lawsuit.