Barney’s Set To Pay $525,000 To Settle Racial Profiling Case
It doesn’t pay to be a racist hater…but it can definitely COST a pretty penny when you’re a high profile retailer like Barney’s New York.
Barneys New York has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed last year that accused the company of targeting minority customers.
The settlement follows a nine-month investigation led by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, which found a “disproportionate number of African-American and Latino customers being detained for alleged shoplifting or credit card fraud.”
Per the company’s agreement with the state, Barneys will also be required to retrain their employees and hire an “independent anti-profiling consultant.” The state’s investigation stem from complaints made by two black Barneys customers who made purchases at the company’s Madison Avenue store.
Trayon Christian, 19, was allegedly followed by police from the store last year after purchasing a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt. According to the lawsuit he filed against New York City and Barneys, the officers allegedly asked Christian “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt” and accused him of using a fake debit card and ID.
And Kayla Philips, 21, alleges that police officers surrounded her at a subway station after she bought a $2,500 Céline handbag.
“We are a truly progressive company that has absolutely no tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” Barneys said in a statement released today.
Congratulations to these victims on justice being served!